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THE 1969 BOMB
Copyright © Joseph G. Lynch 1969
NINETEEN SIXTY NINE BOMB
VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE/ LEXINGTON, VIRGINIA
Joseph G. Lynch Editor-in-Chief
Walter C. Anderson, III Business Manager
Michael C. Colozzi Managing Editor
Godfrey W. Updike, Jr Layout Editor
Patrick D. King Art Director
Harold E. Neale Advertising Manager
George M. Brydon, III Circulation Manager
That peculiar anomaly within the spectrum of
collegiate experience — the never dying ana-
chronism of 1839 — the military college . . .
August — initiation for some into this Pro-
crustean environment and to a "hell week" that
lasts seven months . . .
... for others, a reluctant return . . . the hot
stillness of a summer's afternoon, the lazy
drone of insects . . . the timeless fortress absorbs
yet another wave of subjective youth . . .
a summer spent in absorbent indolence . . . the rude
shock of recognition that all cadets feel on
returning . . . the re-entry into a ritual of
recurrence . . . the sickly fear of weekly inspections . . .
A life predicated on
tradition . . . the ir-
of demerits . . .
the cycle of check formations,
guard mounts, and roll calls
the loneliness of
a night sentinel post . . .
the bugle's blare dominates
all . . .
Amid this irrepressible routine, a crucial
concession . . . that locus of VMI life, the
academic, provides impetus for creative
imagination, artistic freedom, and disciplined
technology . . .
the psuedo-knowledge of high school
intellects quickly disintegrates beneath
the impartial light of academic
scrutiny and scholarly research . . .
the cadet must, perforce, emerge from
the routine of a single curriculum . . .
Athletics . . . the sacrifice, discipline, and talent
of a varsity team ... a challenge of competition
extended to all cadets through a vigorous intramural
program . . .
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throughout the year, the Corps adopts its own set of heroes .
athletes who live within the same rigid environment and seek goals beyond momentary victory
then the long hibernation from November to March
especially trying at the military college . . . that
Institute sobriquet, the Dark Ages, says it all . . .
A symbol of life in all its manifes-
tations ... the mirror, reflecting
the wholeness of the individual and
the concord of the group . . .
Lastly the realization of the Institute's
value ... a dichotomy of . . .
individuality — confident . . . self-
reliant . . . solidarity — harmonious
selfless . . .
A Virginia spring . . . the blessed
chirping of returning birds . . . and
a return to knife-edged ducks, dress
parades, New Market, until the
denouement at Finals . . .
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VMI . . . silent, immobile, nourisher of hopes and
dreams ... in the end, the military school offers
an education ... an experience . . . steeped in
tradition . . . intensified through pressure . . .
and tempered with honor.
From the Class of 1969 to Colonel Herbert E. Ritchey
Associated with the Institute for a period of thirty-seven
years, Colonel Herbert E. Ritchey has made a lasting im-
pression on more than a generation of his students, not
only as a teacher, but as a friend and advisor. It is not,
however, this span of service alone that warrants this dedi-
cation. Determination to see that students understand the
complex subject matter he teaches is indicative of his per-
sonal interest in them as individuals. Colonel Ritchey's wil-
lingness to advise in matters both academic and personal,
and his invaluable assistance to those applying to graduate
schools complement his outstanding service to both students
and the Institute.
Following his graduation from Indiana University in 1928,
Colonel Ritchey served as an analytical chemist for the
Illinois Steel Corporation. He later became a graduate assis-
tant at Purdue University where he earned his Master of
Science degree. He began his teaching career at the Institute
in 1930 and has remained at VMI except for two years spent
in research at Illinois University and as head of the Science
Department at Pikeville College.
As professor of organic chemistry, Colonel Ritchey teaches
a limited number of cadets, primarily students in chemistry
and biology. As his students, both old and new, will attest,
Colonel Ritchey's classes may not be the most pleasant way
of passing time. Many former cadets— now physicians,
dentists, or industrial chemists— can apprehensively recall
having their egos deflated many times in the course of their
recitations in organic chemistry. They cannot, however, deny
the effectiveness of his teaching methods, the fairness of
his examinations, and, most of all, his genuine concern that
students grasp the difficult material he presents.
The editors and staff of the 1969 Bomb are privileged
and proud to dedicate this publication to such a distinguished
Throughout its history, the Virginia Military
Institute has relied heavily upon the devoted
service of a few individuals. The editors of the
1969 Bomb take this opportunity to recognize
three outstanding members of the faculty and
staff whose combined tenure embraces over one
hundred years of service to the Institute.
Colonel Robert Hilton Knox, a native of
Savannah, Georgia, retires after forty years of
outstanding service to the Institute. A member
of the VMI Class of 1924, he is a Distinguished
Graduate of VMI in Civil Engineering. He was
active in athletics, having been a member of
the boxing team for four years and captain of
boxing his first class year. He joined the faculty
in 1927 and pursued graduate studies at the
University of Michigan where he received his
Master's degree in 1938. He has served for
several years as chairman of the Museum Com-
mittee and in this capacity directed the restora-
tion of valuable paintings in the VMI collection.
In 1968 he was appointed a Senior Professor
of Mathematics in recognition of a lifetime of
devoted service to his department and to VMI.
Colonel James Carter Hanes, the second Busi-
ness Executive in the history of the Institute, is
a Distinguished Graduate in Civil Engineering in
VMI's Class of 1925. He went on to earn a
Master's degree in engineering at Virginia Poly-
technic Institute. On two occasions he served
with the Civil Engineering faculty, advancing to
the rank of associate professor before leaving
VMI during World War II. Colonel Hanes spent
six years in South and Central America as a
sanitary engineer, working with field parties
of the Institute of Inter American Affairs in
Mexico, Chile, and El Salvador, and also served
in this period as an interim lecturer in sanitary
engineering at the University of El Salvador.
In 1950 he became professor and chairman of
the Civil Engineering Department at Rutgers
University, where he remained until taking up
duties as Business Executive at VMI in 1953.
Colonel Hanes has played a major role in
developing and implementing plans for the
great expansion of physical facilities that has
occured at VMI in the past decade.
Rear Admiral Herman Olliff Parish, Lecturer
in Mathematics, joined the VMI faculty in 1956
following a distinguished career in the United
States Navy. He received his Bachelor of
Science degree from the United States Naval
Academy in 1926 and a Master's from Purdue
During his thirty year career in the Navy,
Admiral Parish was awarded, in combat, the
Navy Cross, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal,
and the Navy Commendation Medal. Although
his faculty tenure has been a relatively brief
period in VMI history, Admiral Parish formed
strong and lasting ties with the Institute
through excellent service in teaching and his
deeply felt appreciation of the service school
Board of Visitors
Mills E. Godwin
Governor of Virginia
Herman H. Pevler
Robert C. Watts, Jr.
Gorham B. Walker, Jr.
President of the Board
Thomas E. Sebrell, III
C. E. Thurston, Jr.
Ernest H. Williams, Jr.
Sol W. Rawls, Jr
Organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of
Virginia, the Virginia Military Institute is governed by a
Board of Visitors. The Board is composed of fifteen mem-
bers, eleven coming from the state at large, two non-
resident alumni, and two "ex officio" members. In all,
ten members are graduates of the Institute. They are
appointed by the Governor and approved by the State
Senate. The Governor of Virginia, Mills E. Godwin, is the
Commander-in-Chief. The Honorable Gorham B. Walker is
serving as President of the Board for the current session.
The Board of Visitors is required to meet at least once
a year, but usually meets more often. In addition to this,
the Superintendent is empowered to call the Board into
session at any time ho feels it necessary to do so.
John D. deButts
VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE
MESSAGE TO THE MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 1969
The faculty and staff join me in extending congratulations to each of
you as you complete your cadetship and undergraduate studies. The past
four years represent a high level of achievement for you and the rewards
that result from that effort should be a continuing source of satisfaction.
The record of the Class of 1969 stands on its own merit and will serve
as an example for those who follow.
1 know you will recall on the occasion of your ring presentation, your
Class President, Cadet Frank Easterly, challenged you to recognize the
important "intangibles" you shared in your life at VMI, This reference to
values and standards, so well stated by him then, becomes increasingly
important today. Whatever may be your challenge in the future, you will
be measured by your integrity, your loyalty and your intellectual promise.
You now face new horizons as you move to other demanding responsi-
bilities. You are graduating at an exciting and challenging time in history.
The economic and technological changes today are moving so rapidly that
they will present you with unusual opportunities. The realities of this era
are demanding the intelligent leadership and energies with which your
generation of graduates is so well endowed. We view your departure with
a confidence that each member of the Class of 1969 will make a significant
contribution to his country and to his chosen career.
The memories of your associations here will long remain and the
reminiscences of the "Old Corps" will be with each of you in all of the
I take this opportunity to commend the Class of 1969 for a "job well
done. " May happiness and success be yours as you join a proud fraternity--
the VMI Alum.ni.
With every good wish.
Administration and Staff
Major William E. Graybeal
Lt. Col. R. Marlowe Harper
Major Ronald A. Woodson
Asst. Director of Cadet Affairs
Colonel F. H. Barksdale
Director of Cadet Affairs
Lt. Col. George B. Davis
Lt. Col. Robert L. Bierly
Director of Music
Dr. William W. Old, III
Joseph L. Presbrey, Jr.
Director of Public Relations
Cmdr. Robert K. Wilson
COMMANDANT OF CADETS
Col. Douglas C. France, Jr.
A native of Raleigh, North Carolina Colonel Doug-
las C. France, Jr. has been closely associated with
the Institute for many years. While a cadet in the
Class of '41, he served on the regimental staff and
was an academically distinguished graduate in
Chemistry. Colonel France commanded units in
Europe and Africa during World War II and re-
turned to VMI as a member of the tactical staff
in 1946. During the Korean Conflict, he com-
manded the 8th Artillery Battalion and afterwards
attended the U.S. Army Command and General
Staff College. He became Commandant of Cadets
in 1967 following an assignment as Senior Army
Advisor to the U.S. Naval War College.
Responding to constructive proposals of the
Corps, Colonel France has striven to increase the
privileges and responsibilities of the First Class
in governing barracks life. His openminded atti-
tude in dealing with individual cadets has reflec-
ted both his experience as a professional army
officer and his understanding as a concerned
Maj. Charles R. Weaver
Cpt. John W. Hayes
Maj. Barry W. Jenkins
Cpt. Steven Riethmiller
Cpt. Gerald F. Reld
Cpt. John M. Marshall
Maj. Robert A. Miller
Cpt. Estel E. Elkins, Jr.
Cpt. Thomas W. Schlechte
Maj. David A. Noake
Maj. Daniel C. Brittlgan
Col. Douglas C. France, Jr.
Major Stacy C. Harris
.CAPTAIN L M.WOOO
Captain Lawrence M. Wood
Major Thomas E. C. Hughes
Colonel John W. Knapp
Colonel James B. Newman
Colonel George L. Roth
Colonel George M. Pickral
Colonel George M. Brooke, Jr.
Colonel Oscar W. Gupton, Biology
An overwhelming mass of factual information ... to be stored
and recalled at will ... to master the situation of the
moment . . .
Major iohn R. Tucker, Physics
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Colonel Gene Wise, Chemistry
Lt. Col. William C. Sauder, Physics
Colonel D. Rae Carpenter, Jr., Physics
a test tube world . . . calculators . . . computers
. . . apparatus . . . reactors ... not unyielding
and cold ... the perfection of the result . . .
application and solution . . . impersonal, yet neces-
sary to cope with the specialized world. . . .
Colonel Louis R. Hundley, Biology
Stanley I. Wetmore, Jr., Chemistry
Major Daniel C. Brittigan and Captain Julius F. J. Volgyi, Jr., Mechanical Engineering
Colonel Arthur C. Taylor, Jr., Mechanical Engineering
Major William A. Vaughan, Civil Engineering
Kenan Bakin, Electrical Engineering
Lt. Col. David M. Crim and U. Col. Donald K. Jamison
Colonel James A. McDonough
Adm. George C. Seay
concentration on the unyielding stress of girder and rivet .
movement wittiin ttie static . . .
Major Richard S. Trandel, Mechanical Engineering
Calmet M. Sawyer, Civil Engineering
Colonel John H. Reeves, Jr., Biology
Major Joseph L Martin, Mathematics
the lonely world of the research library— disheartening, frustrat-
ing .. . extrapolating from the morass of formulas and equations
and laws . . . criteria . . . plans . . . goals . . . successes . . •
failures ... all dependent on your ability to take the fullest
Major Thomas E. C. Hughes, Physics
Arthur A. Adams, III, Physics
Dr. Frank A. Settle, Jr., Chemistry
Colonel William L Byrne, Mathematics
benefit of the labors of others . . who groped only so far . . .
to leave an untouched wilderness of New Worlds with a basis
... but only a basis ... for new exploits ... new adventures . . .
Colonel Herbert E. Ritchey, Chemistry
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Lt. Col. Richard B. IVlinnix, Physics
Dr. E. Burwell Wingfield
Colonel Robert F. Hunter and Dr. Lyon G. Tyler, Jr., History
H. Gordon Williams, Jr.,
conscious and directed application of the experi-
ence and exposure . . . often unexpected fulfil-
ment and serendipity ... not confined to one
discipline . . .
Colonel Henry S. Bausum, History
Benjamin S. Clark, Jr., Surveying
James B. Davis, English
Captain Steven Riethmiller, Chemistry; Captain A. Roland Jones, Astronomy; Major Philip B Peters
Admiral Herman 0. Parish, Mathematics
but syncretism of fact and thought . . . discovery
through both ... the emphasis on development
and not training ... the value not only at the
end of the experience, but realized along the
way . . .
Liberal Arts . . . introspection . . . deduction . . . opinion . . . conjecture . . .
supposition backed by logic, documentation and research, A world of ideas . . .
man's thoughts, emotions . . . intangible communication ... the ability to
express one's thoughts and sway others. It is not a dead world of dusty books,
stale ideas, stagnant philosophies— but alive and applicable to the challenges of
everyday life. An experience— a privilege and an adventure for some, for others
David R. Campbell, Economics
Dr. Lloyd J. Davidson, English
Murray Vines, Modern Languages
Colonel B. McCluer Gilliam
Political Science and History
Colonel Carrington C. Tutwiler, Jr., English
Dr. Brewster S. Ford, English
a four year rut of classes, four years of missing, just missing, individual or per-
sonal discovery Ttie ability to ferret new meanings from old works ... new
expressions for old platitudes ... the revival of inspiration ... of the creative
ability ... of the poetic demeanor ... of the flame and fire of new worlds
of experience and meaning ... a deep, sincere and probing
Dr. Marshall M. Friedman
Major C. Lloyd Halliburton, Modern Languages
Thomas Y. Greet, English
Peter D. Fyfe, Modern Languages
Joseph E. Puente, Modern Languages
need to know ... not by the sarcastic and cynic sophistries
all to prevalent in a society that attempts to crush out all
dissent, all separatism, all individuality, all creation. Rec-
ognizing and defeating contradiction by logical
John W. Boettjer, English
Colonel William F. Byers, Fine Arts
Colonel Austin Hi. Drumm, History
Dr. Chester F. Burgess, English
Major Edward B. Davis, III, History
Major William D. Badgett, Fine Arts
Daniel B. Smith, English
expostulation and revealing exposition. The need to know
. . . ttie liunger to learn ... an attempt to fill an un-
tillable void ... the struggle to know your fellow man
and to realize yourself.
Dr. James L. Y. Chang, Economics
David L Roberts, Economics
a search . . . unending . . . forever widening . , . ramifying
. . . yet a search rewarded ... if not in a goal reached,
then in an ideal attained ... the realization of a modicum
of the pan-knowledge.
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Captain Charles Corcoran, Artillerv
Lt. Col. Leon McCall, Assistant PMS
Captain Jeffery A. Larson, Armor
Major Charles R. Weaver, Artillery
Major Michael A. Vargosko, Armor
Ma)or Stainton Smith, Infantry
Major Robert A. Miller and Capt. Pete E. Elkins, Infantry
not separate but part of the preparation . . . responsibility . . . training . . .
aerial and ground tactics . . . leadership . . . subjects and experiences beyond
the implication of the title ... the application yet to come . . .
Captain John W. Hayes
Major James D. Hocker
Colonel William C. Plott
Captain Lawrence M. Wood
Lt. Col. Clyde R. Cloar
Captain Thomas W. Schlecte
Major Barry W. Jenkins
First Row: Charles J. Collins, George D. Brooke. Edward T. Morris, Jr., Mrs. Mary Moody Northen, Gen. Lerruel C. Shepherd, Jr. John J. Kellam, Gorham B.
Walker, Jr.; Second Row: Laurel B. Boyd, Joseph D. Neikirk, William Maurer, John M. Camp, Jr. Abney S. Boxley, Thomas H. Benners, Floyd D. Gottwald, Jr.,
Giles H. Miller, Jr., Arthur I. Ginsburg, Charles W. Lewis, J. Robert Philpott, Louis G. Kuchuris, Col. George B. Ax.
Mr. Joseph D. Neikirk
Foundation Executive Vice President
Established by the Alumni Association in 1937, the VMI
Foundation's principal objective is to insure the academic
excellence of the Institute. Funds for this purpose are
received through present donations and deferred gifts by
will, life income trusts, and insurance. The funds are used
primarily for faculty benefits, cadet scholarships, library
needs, cultural activities, the Parents Program, and count-
less other projects for the welfare of cadets.
In its 32 year history, the Foundation has raised more
than $3,000,000 which provides annual income of $100,000
to the Institute. The Foundation's future success, however,
depends on continued alumni support and grants and be-
quests of parents and friends.
The Board of Trustees, with members selected from all
parts of the country, meets twice annually to supervise
the work of the Foundation. The Foundation maintains a
permanent office at the Institute which is directed by
Joseph D. Neikirk, '32.
Mr. Jack Tice, Secretary
The VMI Alumni Association was originally organized as the Alumni Military Association in
1842, the day following the graduation of VH/ll's first class. Several years later, the Asso-
ciation was chartered under its present name, and was incorporated in 1919.
In its early years, membership in the Association included only graduates, but is now
granted to all cadets who leave the Institute in good standing. Much of the work of the
Association is accomplished through the efforts of E. Jackson Tice, the present Secretary.
Since the class system promotes such close bonds between VMI men, the Association
attempts to keep these men together after graduation through the publication of frequent
newsletters and the Alumni Review, a quarterly magazine. Through the Association, many
chapter meetings are furnished with speakers whose purpose is to keep the alumni informed
of the many activities and changes taking place at the Institute.
The replacement of the outdated Alumni Hall with an appealing, functional, and modern
facility is the latest project of the Association. Construction of this building would not
have been possible without the donation made by Mrs. Mary Moody Northen of Galveston,
Texas. The building will be dedicated in the fall of 1969 in memory of Mrs. Northcn's
father, William L Moody, Class of 1886.
Marshall Research Library
Five years have passed since IVIay 24, 1964, when President Johnson
and General Eisenhower were the principal speal^ers at ceremonies on the
parade ground dedicating the George C. Marshall Research Library. In those
five years, the Library's museum has been seen by thousands of visitors,
thus helping bring VMI to the attention of an expanding section of the
public. The museum's new Marshall Plan room, in fact, although only
a year old, already has attracted the attention of many persons abroad
as well as in this country.
Conceived by VMI men as a tribute to the Institute's greatest alumnus,
the Library is nearing the day when its research facilities in diplomatic
and military history can be made fully available to cadets and students
at other colleges. Already it has been used by some cadets as well as
other students for work on term papers and special projects, and the
number is certain to increase.
An asset to VMI, the state, and the nation, the Library is a fitting
memorial to the man it honors.
On October 5, 1968, the Virginia
Military Institute dedicated the re-
cently completed ROTC building as a
permanent memorial to Lieutenant
General Charles E. Kilbourne, the
Institute's sixth superintendent. The
dedication ceremony featured a prin-
ciple address by Governor Mills E.
Godwin with subsequent remarks by
Dr. George Boas, Professor Emeritus
of history and philosophy at Johns
Hopkins University, and General Al-
bert C. Wedemeyer, USA, retired, who
served as aides to General Kilbourne.
Kilbourne Hall Dedication
General Kilbourne's career in the
U.S. Army covered a period of thirty-
four years from his graduation at the
Virginia Military Institute in 1894,
until he assumed the post of Super-
intendent in 1936. During his colorful
career, he saw action in the Spanish
American War, the Boxer Rebellion,
and World War I. He was the first
American to hold simultaneously the
Distinguished Service Cross, the Dis-
tinguished Service Medal, and the
Medal of Honor.
For his outstanding service to the
Virginia Military Institute, he was
named Superintendent Emeritus fol-
lowing his retirement in 1946.
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The Class of 1969
If anything could be said about the Class of 1969, let it
be said that we were wilhng to try to leave the
little better place to live than we found it four years ago.
Frank B. Easterly, President
A First Class accepts the responsibility of the Corps to thf
Institute. From year to year, these responsibilities vary littlei:
The combination of attitude and ability in the First Class
determines whether a year will be successful or unsuccessful;
pleasant or unpleasant. Ours has been a rapid and excitini
nine months marked by several of the most progressivt
changes to occur at VMI in many years. These change
were brought about by the able leadership of our das
officers and with the cooperation of the most oper-
minded team of Cadet Captains we have seen. But the typ:
of maturity and farsightedness of these few has also bee
characteristic of our class as a whole. The Class of 196!
more than any other, has shown that a first class is able I
accept the responsibilities and burdens of leadership. Tli
is substantiated by the fact that the administration has a
ways proven ready to listen to our suggestions for changi
in a Procrustean system that has, at times, shown itself
be archaic. This year, the administration has been more th;
willing to meet us halfway, a privilege not commonly granti
to any class at the Institute.
The First Class
But our history begins four years ago when we matriculated
in the hot September of 1965. During our Rat year, some
three hundred plus individuals were thrown together in the
melting pot of VMI: each of us different individuals, yet fused
into an entirely new product with one homogeneous quality,
the fact that we had endured it together. We endured the
sweat parties, the RDC, the shake downs, and the resurrec-
tions, until we emerged as a class in March of 1966.
Our third class year was a tumultuous one. But during this
iyear, the first visible signs of class unity began to appear
las we eagerly went to work designing our class emblem and
making the initial preparations for our first major event,
iRing Figure. It was during our sophomore year that our class
gained the reputation for being the best; whether at parties,
athletics, academics, or military. The spring of our third
class year brought the final decisions for the design of our
.rings and the initial preparations of the big day in November
:he following year.
■ We returned from an ephemeral summer in September of
1967, eagerly looking forward to November and our rings,
:he permanent symbol of our initiation into the VMI fra-
ernity. We were not to be disappointed. Our whole Ring
■igure weekend was an unforgettable mosiac of parties, foot-
lall, and the unrivaled Ring Figure Dances.
Steven G. Harrington, Historian
The Class Of 1969
The second semester of our second class year was spent in
preparation for ttie assumption of the leadership positions
in the Corps. During this period, time-consuming research
was begun which resulted in the changes of the VMI system
during our first class year. It was a period of trial and error
as the Research and Contact Committees conducted their
studies in the hope of reviving the attitudes and outlook of
a Corps which had become extremely dissatisfied with con-
ditions as they existed.
Finally, summer arrived, and for most, it meant the arrival
of the trials and tribulations of summer camp. It was a
profitable experience in which the first class set standards
of performance to pose a formidable challenge to subsequent
classes. Although it was an experience we shall not soon
forget, to many it was merely another rat line to be endured
and put behind.
The First Class
Upon our return for the last time, in August of 1968, we
found a different VMI. We were all pleasantly surprised by
some of the changes our efforts had wrought. Changes had
been made in the General Committee, the rat line, late study,
and in other aspects of VMI life. We found that the First
Class had been given a full measure of responsibility in ac-
tually leading the Corps. It was a challenge: a test of our
maturity, our dedication, and our patience. We did not shrink
from this challenge, but welcomed it. As a result, we have
succeeded in our purpose— to leave the VMI a better place
than we found it in 1965— and in the process we have ob-
tained a familiarity and rare closeness with our Brother Rats.
This is the history of the Class of 1969. It is best to bear
in mind that such an epilogue could never hope to show all
the surfaces, all the idiosyncrasies, and all the personalities
that make up our class. This history, then, can merely conjure
up in our minds the times and happenings of particular
significance. It has been an invaluable experience: one we
shall never forget.
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FRANCIS MILLER— LIFE Magazine
Frank Blanton Easterly
English, Infantry, Lt., Distinguished Military Student,
Dean's List, Varsity and Rat Football, Rat Wrestling,
Who's Who. Class President, General Committee and
Executive Committee Chairman, Contact Committee
Chairman, English Society.
Leaving four years of success and accomplishment
behind, Frank came to VMI, never to be forgotten by
his classmates. His determination, initiative, and
ability to control almost any situation brought one
accomplishment after another — which were felt not
only by his class, but by the Corps as well. Frank
will be remembered not only as an outstanding
athlete and student, but as the chief motivating force
for the sensible and constructive changes which
pervade the VMI of 1969.
With the trials and tribulations of President of the
First Class, Frank made a brilliant discovery: a petite
and lovely redhead named Gary. Perhaps this is why
the pressure and disappointment inherent in the VMI
system have had such little effect on him. Room 122
can certainly testify to the cheerful effects of this
One need not wish a person like Frank good luck
in the future; determination is so instilled In him that
success can only be a short distance away.
Henry Norvall Pedigo Jr.
Biology, Armor, CpL, Sgt., Lt., Class Vice President,
Varsity and Rat Baseball, Rat Swimming, General
and Executive Committee, Ring Committee, Monogram
Club, Contact Committee, Fellowship of Christian Ath-
letes, V.A.S.G., Ski Club.
From the very outset of our Third Class Year, it was
evident that our choice for class vice-president was
a wise one. Hank has the rare quality of combining
sternness with joviality and a sense of duty with
common sense. Both in the locker room and in the
barracks room. Hank exudes the aura of competence
and responsibility that creates in those who know
him the impression that he is a leader. Occasionally
known as "the Enforcer," but more often as "buddy;"
Hank is universally respected by all those who have
had occasion to deal with him. If not a scholar. Hank
will be recalled as an athlete, friend, and leader. At
the risk of being trite, it can be said that Hank
leaves VMI a better place. For one who has such
an accomplishment to his credit, well wishers are
Steven George Harrington
Chemistry, Infantry, CpL, Lt., Distinguished Military
Student, Dean's List, ASC, Varsity and Rat Football,
Rat Track, Newman Club, Class Historian, Honor
Court— First Vice-President, Who's Who, Contact Com-
mittee, I.G.B.A., VA.
If one man from the class were to be dubbed the
most well-rounded, surely it would be multifarious
Steve. Perhaps more than anyone else, Steve has seen
VMI from all angles. As class officer. Vice Presi-
dent of the Honor Court and cadet officer, he has had
an opportunity and has succeeded in contributing much
to the school and to his class. Steve has won respect
on the football field, in the classroom, and on the
fifth stoop. With all this, however, Steve remains
humble, quiet, and unassuming, yet decisive and
thorough in his actions. Socially, he has always
found difficulty with his numbers; sometimes he does
not date, but when he does, he always ends up
with 2 or more (3 at the Tech game '67) for the
weekend. If VMI has ever produced a man for all
seasons, it is Steve. Be it civilian or military, Steve's
future is a bright one indeed. Our appreciation and
thanks for a job well done go with him.
FRANK BLANTON EASTERLY
HENRY NORVALL PEDIGO, JR.
STEVEN GEORGE HARRINGTON
Melvin Ernest Adams
Biology, Armor, Pvt., Cpl., Rat and Varsity Cross Coun-
try, Rat and Varsity Indoor Track. Rat and Varsity Out-
door Track, English Society. VAS. Baptist Student Union
—State Vice President. Fellowship of Christian Athletes,
Glee Club, Cheerleader, Ring Committee, Scouters
Club, Ghetto, Cadet Waiter, Library Assistant, Clitton
Forge Club, F-Troop, Fire Fighters.
Mel came to VMI knowing what he was getting into
and in the course of four years he has certainly
managed to get into it. He has given practical meaning
to the words "Brother Rat" as over and over again
the battle cry rings forth "Let Mel do it!" Hyperactive
in many activities. Mel has been forced to drop back
and punt a couple of times in academics, but he's
always managed to pull through.
Mel, "The Fox," has usually managed to stay one
jump ahead of the Institute in his social life. Flying
high as a third and second, especially in the area
of Westhampton College, he suffered the double
indignity of not only being shot down, but also having
the wreckage strafed at the start of his First Class
year. Not daunted, however, the intrepid Fox is once
again flying high.
Good luck always, B.R.!
Robert Moore Alexander
Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Rat Soccer, VAS, Cadet Library
Fresh out of a military prep school. Bob Alexander
found himself in the Rat Line and wondering where
he went wrong. After suffering through his Rat year
with the most unusual roommates, he decided that
neither Civil Engineering nor Corporal stripes were for
him. Bob became a varsity member of the "grub
team" in the Ghetto and joined the Biology Depart-
ment in hopes of improving his G.P.A. By this time
Bob realized that he was going to be a frequent visi-
tor to Lexington during the summer, but this wasn't
as bad as it sounded. Just before the beginning of his
second class year he set sights on three things:
graduation, a certain girl in Lexington, and Dental
School. With fond memories of Ring Figure, weekends
in Charlotte, N.C., and summer camp. Bob faced his
first class year with anticipation and a desire to
complete his undergraduate studies. Bob's cost for
four years can only be summed up as, "warm and
wonderful — not VMI."
David Henry Altizer
Electrical Engineering, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt., Lt.,
Distinguished Aerospace Student, Distinguished Ac-
ademic Student, IEEE— President, Sigma Pi Sigma,
Religious Council, Westminster Fellowship, I.G.B.A.
According to Marlyn Ziegler, an ex-classmate, Dave
was a quiet, hard working guy from Tanzzz-well High
School. He was true to form during the first two
years of his cadetship, except for a few noticable
exceptions which were indications of changes to
come. The first was the Thanksgiving celebration his
Rat year, followed by his subscription to culture and
his mysterious absence from finals parade his third
He returned his second class year with snorkle and
fins, but the only thing he tackled was his hayroll.
His first class year, again with snorkle and fins, he
finally conquered Rat swimming. After zipping back
on his stripes, he devoted his time to the finer things
of life in Virginia, but never lost his trademark, the
Tazewell Twang. We wish him the best of luck in
the future and we are sure he will make a tine
MELVIN ERNEST ADAMS
Clifton Forge, Virginia
DAVID HENRY ALTIZER
WALTER CLAUDE ANDERSON, III
South Boston, Virginia
COURTNEY EARL APPERSON
Walter Claude Anderson, III
Biology, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Distinguished IVlili-
tary Student, Who's Who, Dean's List, Varsity Trainer,
Bomb Staff— Advertising IVIanager and Business Man-
ager, VAS— Sec.-Treas., Publications Board, Ring Com-
mittee— Sec. -Treas., Assistant Physical Education In-
structor, Hop and Floor Committee.
The frail, homely little man shuffled up to the
arch, kicked the good Halifax County soil off his boots
smiled brightly, and stepped into "the Abode" He
spent the first year dreaming of that big John Deere
back home. Then he began to change. He was soon
mowing down the women like he used to cut brush
beyond "the third hollo" with his tractor. He traded
in his overalls for a dark blue three-piece suit. He
turned his body into a powerful machine His corner
of VMI was at times an infirmary ("Is Dr. Anderson
in? ), but always a haven for those seeking friendship
and kindness. Most of all. he became collegiate But
some things about "Reb" will never change. The
bright smile and determined heart are still there
And on the Sunday nights when he returns from one
of his frequent trips home (he still has a face only
his mother could love), he kicks the good Halifax
County soil off his black wingtips before he steps
through the arch.
Courtney Earl Apperson
Physics, Artillery, Pvt., Dean's List, Rat Track, Sigma
Pi Sigma— President, Society of Physics Students-
There have been three significant effects on Court-
ney's cadetship— VMI, nuclear reactors, and Betty
Anne, not necessarily in that order. Ever since he
arrived he has led a cloistered life deep in the bowels
of Mallory Hall, but even the dedicated must fall.
Betty Anne called him away (temporarily) and managed
to distract him enough to get one ring around her
finger and another through his nose. A distinguished
member of the 168 Club, he has managed to keep
his sleeves virgin, while maintaining a Dean's List
average in physics. A long summer camp convinced
him positively that the Army has no future, so Court-
ney went Duck Hunter. With an early acceptance at
U.Va., and with a long career as a nuclear physicist
and a married man ahead of him, we wish him the
best of luck and hope that he is able to divide his
attention between Betty Anne and reactors.
O'Conor Goolrick Ashby
Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Dean's List, Rat Foot-
ball, Pioneer Investment Club, Honor Court Lacrosse
How does the cliche go, "Put a tiger in your tank"?
Well, the saying may be trite, but the idea that it
conveys is quite applicable to Conor. For Conor is
quiet literally a tiger, (a Woodberry "Tiger", that
is) who enjoyed significant successes at Woodberry
Forest High School. Conor demonstrates a "Tiger" in
his personality, too. While he gives the appearance
of a relatively quiet, unassuming sort of person,
Conor exhibits a determination and stamina beyond
comparison in everything in which he participates. His
position as a distinguished member of the Honor
Court and an occasional Dean's List student are
indicative of his ability to mold determination into
success. However, it must be noted that this "Tiger"
that we have described quickly melts into the "Lamb"
when in the company of one Judith. Judith also seems
to be quiet and unassuming, but— we suspect that
likes are attracted. Conor is just one of those people
that you have to label a "good man" and, unquestion-
ably, successes will continue to be his.
FIRST _ .,
O'CONOR GOOLRICK ASHBY
Thomas Drummond Bagwell
English, Armor, Pvt,, Dean's List, Varsity, Fencing,
and Rat, English Society— Treasurer, Bridge Club, Hop
and Floor Committee, Fire Fighters.
"Whoa, Rat! Why are you wearing boots with your
straight pants?" This was an omen of Bag's next
three years. His cadetship culminated with a year of
warfare with the Good-to-ma's who resented his
unique position of having Institute first class priv-
ileges while being a G.C. second. A true epicurean,
Bags doesn't waste time working, but spends it in
pleasure-sleeping! He has even fallen asleep before
a teacher could finish answering his question. His
keen wit and Southside Virginia accent are part of
his charm. We brother rats are all jealous of Tom,
who is smart enough to graduate a semester early.
We are sure that his ability to get out of trouble will
get Bags out of the Army and into law school.
Good luck to you, Tom and to Sherry.
Electrical Engineering, Air Force, Pvt., Dean's List,
AlP, IEEE, Ring Figure Magazine — Consulting Editor,
AFC, Flight Instruction Program, YRC.
Gordon is a conscientious worker. He is noted for
his high moral character and great ambition. Aca-
demically, he is a Dean's List student. Militarily, he
was highly rated at summer camp. Musically, he is
the one who keeps the Band in tune. Gordon's ex-
periences range widely from his adventures in Hong
Kong and Japan to his knowledge of modern tech-
nology. He is the one who is willing to help Brother
Rats in anything from typing term papers to cleaning
rifles for inspection. In the future Gordon might be
found flying in the wild blue yonder, ready at any
time to be of service to us. He plans to become a
pilot in the Air Force and later a commercial pilot.
He wants his pilot job to be the major artery to his
ether interests, which include architecture, interna-
tional business, international travel, and electrical
engineering. We certainly wish him the best of luck
in the future and we know that, like most VMI men,
he will be a man to emulate.
William Knox Bailey, Jr.
English, Armor, Pvt., Cpl., English Society— President,
Bill has found his joy in academics and Linda, not
necessarily in that order, and his dislikes in the dull-
ness of VMI life. As one of his favorite authors,
Charles Dickens, would say concerning the Institute,
"It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.
We were all going to heaven, were all going the
other way." The depth of writing found in Poe,
Hawthorne and Melville are a part of Bill's character,
yet he manages to combine Elizabethan ideas with
American puns in a manner entirely his own. He re-
ceived four consecutive citations as the first ranking
regimental worrier, and constantly provided mental
gymnastics for barracks lawyers. Those who know Bill
have enjoyed his light wit, diligence and sincerity,
and have learned the art of complete footnoting
from a most noteworthy man.
THOMAS DRUMMOND BAGWELL
Westfield, New Jersey
WILLIAM KNOX BAILEY, JR.
HENRY LESLIE BAKER, III
Henry Leslie Baker, III
Englisli, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Football, Varsity
Wrestling. Rat Fencing, Political Science Society,
Henry Baker came from ttie booming metropolis of
Streator, Illinois, to try the rigors of the VMI. It is
fact that Henry crashed the "social life" of world-
famous Rockbridge County. Whether the great Northern
Bear made more of an impression on the South than
the South made on him is dubious. The Southern way
of life seemed to agree with him, especially that
certain southern belle. (Right, Anne?)
Perhaps there was no-one else at VMI who had
the tact and luck to turn a seemingly adverse situa-
tion into a benefit. This was Henry's bag. Put him
into Hell and he'll make a comfortable environment
out of it. Henry's career as a cadet is accentuated
with successes in every field of endeavor, sports,
scholastics, and social activity. Perhaps there was no
one who was more of a natural leader in the
Corps, but who wanted less of the VMI type of
leadership. Henry coulfl be dep3nded on as a friend,
an advisor, or as a B.S. artist. He always said what
he believed and took action for his friends and in
his own behalf. Good luck to a good friend and a
John Tennyson Baker
Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Cadet Staff, ASCE,
Varsity PX, Who's Nobody Club.
Foregoing the soft life and pleasures of "College,"
John saw VMI and NEB as his path to success. Having
tried on his Father's Hokie uniform, John took to the
military almost immediately, striving to be the epitome
of every first class private. Seeing that the worldly
pleasures were not for him, JT made every effort
to pursue his education, even to the extent of giving
up the frolic-filled summers to remain at VMI. But not
to be onesided, John endured the hardships of
Johnny's and the out-side world even to the point of
taking a semester's leave of absence to do some
independent research. In all seriousness, though, we
must admire John for his tenacity and jovial spirit,
and, wherever HE GOES and whatever goals he pur-
sues, the Class of '69 sends their best wishes— Si
tentat bonum, id agabo.
James William Baker
Biology, Artillery, Cpl., Sgt., Lt, Distinguished Mili-
tary Student, Dean's List, Cadet Staff, Bomb Staff,
VAS, Timmins Music Society, Class Car Committee,
Student Union Committee, Ring Figure Committee!
Research Committee, Tidewater Club, Cadet Battery!
. . . And then "Skinny" Baker came to study at
VMI. Although more affectionately known as "Skinny,"
this young man carries such aliases as Mr. Obnoxious,
the Porchmuff Flash, and Nose II. Skinny worked his
way up through the ranks by starting in the Regimental
Band as a trombonist, the case of which provided him
with 3 wonderful years of service as a civilian clothes
locker. His obvious ambition, ingenuity, and initiative
were quickly noticed, and his reward came in the
form of a sabre. Band Company lost a good trom-
bonist, but some rat gained a civilian clothes locker.
We could go on and on about Skinny's antics, espe-
cially his cake and beer birthday party over FTX. As
a Biology major. Nose II has performed very well,
and we hope his reward will come as M.C.V. accepts
him to dental school.
JAMES WILLIAM BAKER
Hassell Lee Barnes, Jr.
Chemistry, Air Force, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Football,
ACS, Tidewater Club, 400 Club, Ghetto, Monogram
Club, "ESF" Award, I.G.B.A.
Hassell Lee Barnes, whip, lean and plenty mean,
came to VMI with high hopes, of "big time" football,
high academic achievement and military rank. The
"laughing Rat" was quickly discouraged from the
latter on his first ventures into a strong fascination
for young Leo.
When Lee's third class year came around, things
were definitely going to be better. Perhaps the biggest
thrill was playing defensive end for the Big Red as
no. 80 — where he continually made his presence felt
in enemy backfields (as well as at the College Inn).
With the polish and the poise Lee picked up his sec-
ond class year, he found his way tc the All Southern
Conference ranks, which vaulted his qualifications to
become a member of the famed Michigan Wrecking
Crew. 18-13, 12-10, Ring-figure, and Zollmans made
his second class year a most memorable one.
After three vintage years, Leo capped his first class
year by finally breaking into the envied "townie cir-
cuit" — where Leo spent many an evening chasing true
love's ways in the ole pick-up truck! With graduation,
the Ghetto, the football team, and the Chemistry De-
partment will certainly lose one of its most illustrious
members. Good luck, Doctor Barnes, and take care.
Gene Woodard Beale
Economics, Armor, Pvt., Rat Football, Rat Wrestling,
Rat Indoor and Outdoor Track, Ring Figure Magazine,
Ghetto, Tidewater Club.
Very seldom does any cadet leave VMI without an
enemy, but it can be truly said of Gene that everyone
who knew him was richer because of it. The "Ghetto
Guru" epitomized for four years what "ghetto living"
really meant in the best sense. Gene made no
distinction between classes: friends were friends,
whether First Classmen, Brother Rats, or new cadets.
On every stoop, the '42 room could be depended
upon to provide a pleasant word to enlighten a
gloomy day. It would be hard to forget the many
back-room escapades where Gene held court. Anyone
who attended the conventions held at Johnny's or the
CI could vouch that Gene knew how to have a good
time and create one. He never refused a friend a
minute of advice, a favor, or just a pleasant battle
of wits. His opinion was always valuable because of
his vast reservoir of experiences in sports, Bahamas,
and Courtland, Virginia.
Best of luck to Gene, one of the few truly emergent
leaders at VMI. Future success will be guaranteed by
his most glamorous asset, Katherine, who has played
an important role in Gene's life these four years.
Bruce Owen Beaulieu
Mathematics, Infantry, Pvt., CpL, Sgt., Distinguished
Military Student, Rat and Varsity Swimming, Iowa
Swimming Club — Honorary Member, Northeast Chapter
Head Iowa Club, Aquatic Club, Monogram Club, Who's
"Cousin Brucie Bo-leo," after four years, has
turned out to be one of those "honorable youths"
you hear so much about. Determined to be at least
Regimental Commander some day, Bruce, from the
beginning, decided that the way of the stripes would
be his path, and, sure enough, sleeves blossomed
during his third and second class years. But, alas,
things did not go as well as planned, and August
found him back in the ranks with the good guys.
Rank, apparently, just wasn't his bag.
Brucie's real distinction, however, lay deep in the
basement of JM Hall, where he emulated his true
hero, Superfish, and spent four wet years with the
swimming team. (In the pool or out, Bruce always
was in up to his neck anyway!) In fact, he spent
so much time in the tank that his feet began to web.
It is just as well, since before long his body
will belong to Uncle Sam's crunchies. But, as always,
his heart will belong to Clara.
HASSELL LEE BARNES, JR.
GENE WOODARD BEALE
BRUCE OWEN BEAULIEU
CHARLES PATRICK BECKER
District Heights, Maryland
JOHN EMORY BELT
Charles Patrick Becker
Economics, Armor, Cpl.. Sgt., Regimental Color Sgt.,
Distinguished Military Student, Dean's List, Rat Judo,
Newman Club, Ring Figure Committee, Class of 1969
Chuck managed to ease through his rat year with
a few battle scars and two roommates — the original 78
Club. Our third class year brought Chuck back to VMI
to start his weekly exodus to the Treasurer's Office
and that climb through the ranks of Band Company.
Rats feared him, girls loved him, and the Comman-
dant's Office rewarded him after Christmas furlough.
Second class year meant class rings, Sgt.'s stripes.
Soul Kings, the big switch to the little people, more
ECO, studies, and that blind date from Sem.
Our First Class year is here and Chuck has May 18
in his eyes and bells in his ears. He has tried just
about "all" of VMI and is always ready to try any
thing new — from stubbing toes on the Judo mat,
playing a wild trumpet, "tweeting," getting that silver
plate at summer camp, even to studymg now and then.
Chuck is always coming out on top and, from the looks
of things, now there will be someone special next to
him; a girl who is just as tops as Chuck. The best to
John Emory Belt
Civil Engineering, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., ASCE, Who's
Nobody Club, Scuba Club, Rifle & Pistol Club, Northern
Virginia Club, Dean's List.
Wfhen John, the carefree "King," arrived at VMI, he
found himself immediately dethroned and subjugated
to the great tyrannical power of his dyke — the Regi-
mental Commander. But can one such blow defeat a
king? Certainly not! Four years of unending struggle
have found John again seated upon his throne, sur-
rounded by a group of loyal followers, and an ever-
growing harem (which, incidentally, will "never catch
Despite this ceaseless struggle for power, John has
been able to find sufficient time to concentrate on the
more important aspects of college: T.V. and Saturday
nights at Johnny's, with even an occasional hour spent
on stuf<ies. There is little doubt that John will
remain "the king" in whatever he undertakes in the
future, whether it be law, engineering, or full-time
playing around. Best of luck to a real brother rat!
Robert Martin Biddle, Jr.
Economics, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student,
Varsity and Rat Football, Varsity and Rat Wrestling,
Monogram Club, Ghetto, King of Barracks Study Room,
Every once in a while someone like "Bobo" acci-
dently comes through the arch. Although we, the Class
of 1969, feel that ours is the best, no one can argue
that Bob Biddle is one of the best athletes to go
through VMI. There are few people in the Corps that
command as much respect as this West Virginian.
Even though he hasn't torn the Economics Department
apart (as he has so many of his opponents), it is
evident that, given the time and desire, he, too,
would be right at the top. Although this year has been
like a nightmare, it is apparent that no one will keep
this person from being a winner. Wishing Bob luck in
the future would be a waste of time, because, with his
drive and determination, he is assured a success.
Graduation may separate Bob from the rest of us,
but forgetting him will be a difficult task. Whenever
we see or hear about the Big Red, we will never for-
get the distant chant of the Corps of Cadets — "Kill,
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ROBERT MARTIN BIDDLE, JR.
Parkersburg, West Virginia
Thomas George Blair, Jr.
History, Infantry, Pvt., Battalion Sgt. Maj., Distin-
guished Military Student, Distinguished Academic Stu-
dent, Dean's List, Bomb Staff— Copy Editor, Cadet
Staff, Episcopal Chaplains Committee. Young Republi-
cans—Founder, Rangers, Fire Fighters, Library Assis-
tant, Cadet Union Receptionist, Cadet Guide,
Being an Army brat, it seemed only natural that
Tom would pick VMI as the place to develop for four
years. Apparently, he took to the system from the be-
ginning, getting an extra boost from his infamous
dyke, Reyn. whom so many of us well remember. Not-
withstanding the hardships of his initial experience at
VMI, it is safe to say that Tom has steadily progressed
and reached the goals he set for himself. His academic
pursuits have resulted in his name appearing on the
Dean's List, and, at the same time he has managed to
devot: some cf his efforts to the benefit of VMI by
working on the Cadet and Bomb. Tom finally reached
another goal this year by getting his stripes as a
member of the battalion staff. As he begins his service
career, our finest wishes go with him.
William Randolph Blandford, Jr.
History, USMC, Pvt., Lacrosse, Political Science Society,
IRC, Fire Fighters, Class Automobile Committee, Who's
Nobody Club— Sergeant at Arms.
September 1955 began four years of highs and lows
for Bill. From the first Willie was higher than the
rest of us — he roomed on the fifth stoop — but soon
came down to the fourth stoop and tackled the tough
History curriculum. Being from the big city of Pow-
hatan, and well used to wild women and fast cars.
Bill became the Pontiac representative for the car
committee his first class year. During his third class
year, Willie decided to take a big step— toward Viet-
nam — and joined the Marine Corps. During this year
Willie was given the Golden Gloves Award for his
prowess in settling disputes peaceably. The female
populations of Madison and Mary Baldwin felt the
charm of VMI's leatherneck lover. Willie entered the
"No. 1 Club" for a short time with his part in the
Great Conspiracy of Finals '67.
Finally. August '68 arrived and that final year began
slowly passing. Bill reached his peak as a student and
as a friend. His sincere way and intelligent mind will
carry him to a most successful future.
Donald Charles Bogard
Electrical Engineering, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Distin-
guished Aerospace Student, Fencing, Ring Figure Maga-
zine, Cadet Staff, IEEE, IRC, Spirit Committee, '69
Ring Committee, Food Committee, AFC, Scooters Club,
Dean's List, Political Science Society, Tidewater Club,
When Don first walked into Jackson Arch on Septem-
ber 9, 1965, he was determined to conquer every
aspect of the Institute. He has done this by showing
superiority both in academics and the military. Don
is the type of guy who could be successful in any
aspect of life and has proven this in his four years
As Don enters the Air Force, he is doing so with
great enthusiasm. The four years he serves in the
service will undoubtedly be full of great achievement
and leadership. Being an electrical engineer, many
large corporations will jump for the chance of having
Don as a part of their team. The one that acquires
his many talents will certainly become a more ad-
As Don leaves the Institute, all of his Brother Rats
and every person who has ever come into contact with
him wish him a bright and successful future.
THOMAS GEORGE BLAIR, JR.
Ft. Belvoir, Virginia
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WILLIAM RANDOLPH BLANDFORD, JR.
DONALD CHARLES BOGARD
JAMES DARRELL BOGGS
LEWIS ALEXANDER BOGGS, V
James Darrell Boggs
Englisli, Artillery, Pvt., Dean's List, Varsity and Rat
Cross Country, Varsity and Rat Track, Sounding Brass —
Associate Editor, Religious Council — President, Luth-
eran Club— Vice President, Glee Club, YRC, YAF.
Jim, also known as the Regimental Chaplain, wras
an electrical engineer for his first two years at the
Institute. Concluding his third class year, he decided
that in preparation for the ministry, it would be of
greater benefit to become an English major. Yet, he
has often asserted, "Every English major should be
an engineer for at least two years in order that he
may learn how to think." Jim became an Honors
English candidate as a first, but having learned to
think for himself, he was not content to limit his
intellectual endeavors by becoming a commentator
on the commentaries of others. Instead, he chose to
lead an active and creative last year at VMI. When
it became apparent to him that this goal was not
consonant with the goals of the Honors program, he
resigned from the program. The class looks forward
to the day when the commentaries will be written on
the works of James D. Boggs.
Lewis Alexander Boggs, V.
History, Armor, Pvt., Religious Council, AFC, Civil War
Roundtable, Richmond Club, Tidewater Club, Fire
Entering VMI with "And I turned down U.Va." on his
lips. Lew became a student of Chinese economics and
a great follower of the Silver school of thought. He
discovered that Economics at the Institute is not an
LA curriculum. Plagued by calculators that never
worked and a "magic stick" he was not allowed to
use, Lew entered his First Class year as a member
of the .007 Club and (finally) found his home on
the 500 level SSH.
Home for Lew has been an APO, Randolph Hall, and
a blanket on the back seat of a car. Ring Figure
brought an end to those Japanese steam baths and
Scandinavian blonds in exchange for two rings and a
champagne glass, three hour privileges, a $25 increase
in quarters allowance, and the knowledge that 200
miles can be as far away as 7000.
Charles Edward Bowen
Economics, Armor, Pvt., English Society, Number One
Club, ASCE, Political Science Society, AFC, Northern
Virginia Club, Wesley Foundation, Museum Assistant,
Hop Escort. Ghetto, IRC, Who's Nobody Club, Fire
When Beau came to VMI, he promised to leave if
he received as much as 5-1-5. One "number 1," two
number 6's and several lesser penalties later, he is
still here. Beau has survived several experiences which
would have caused a lesser man to falter — a year of
"geed's," 17 unsuccessful love affairs, and, of course,
the famous "pull-your-head-out" episodes of his third
class year. But now he has found his true love, Bev,
who promises to last forever, or at least until the end
cf the month. Beau, or Shylock. as he is known to his
clients, has made a name for himself as the barracks
entrepreneur, with enterprizes ranging from selling
himself into servitude to offering protection to Rats —
for a price, naturally. His intelligence and lack of
scruples should carry him far in the business world. On
the serious side. Beau has always been willing to
help anyone in need. His keen sense of humor has
served him well at VMI, and brightened many a day.
But most of all, he has been a friend.
CHARLES EDWARD BOWEN
Patteson Branch, Jr.
"Sweet Pea" "Pat"
History, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Wrestling, Pio-
neer investment Club, YRC, Richmond Club.
Not commg from a military family, Pat has had to
spend his winters at VMI and his summers at West
Point trying to perfect his marching.
Although Pat spends a lot of time on the military
(do not get us wrong), he does have a social life. As
a matter of fact, it is a very active one. His second
class year he had a date 13 week-ends in a row and
this year he has been Itnown for his road trips to
Georgetown and Richmond.
Those who know him remember the Midnight drive
of Patteson Branch, which exemplifies just how sneaky
he really is.
Since Pat's source of income became employed by
IBM, his thinking has become "calculated," which
falls in line with IBM's motto: "You do the thinking
and let us do the work." We feel sure that such
thinking will earn Pat success throughout life.
Andrew Moore Brantley
History, Infantry, Pvt., Rat Rifle Team, Spirit Com-
mittee Co-Chairman, Hiking and Gun Club, Ghetto,
Little did VMI realize what it had bargained for
when young Andrew signed the register on that fate-
ful day in September, 1965. Thoroughly trained in the
finer aspects of the military (having spent several
years at Hargrave). Drew finally reached the big time.
Drew's 2-and-40 his Rat year for consumption of
alcohol was only a glimmer of greater things to come.
Midway in his third class year, a strange phenomena
came to infect "Drewus" with the desire to paint any-
thing. From wishing everyone a Merry Christmas via
Stonewall Jackson Claus. expressing his support of our
football endeavors. Drew even gave a sincere farewell
to dear old "68." Drew also became well acquainted
with good old "Chicken Dicken" and 10-3 months-45.
With Ring Figure too "good to-me" to believe. Drew
painted his way to a glorious 4-60 from the E.G. — G.C.
Fight team. Fight.
Well, 400+ demerits, 45+ weeks of confinement,
and 400+ penalty tours later, Drew passed on — a
legend in his own time.
Gary Joseph Braswell
History. Air Force, Pvt., Dinstinguished Aerospace Stu-
dent, Floor Committee, Hop Committee — President,
Gary has risen from the ranks of "swabbie" in the
Navy to an officer in the Air Force. His cadetship pro-
duced this and many more remarkable achievements.
As his years at VMI increased, "Bras" grew, and the
end result was a self made man. He proved to be a
diligent worker and a good friend who was always
willing to help others around him. For his effort in
praparing VMI dances, Gary was rewarded with the
honor of being president of the Hop Committee. Our
"Mr. President" produced the highest quality dances
and made every effort to put new life into them. Al-
though not a ranking scholar on "Mount Olympus,"
Gary possesses a vast accumulation of knowledge
that is not always found in the textbook. Known for
his habitual stay behind the cash register in order
to make a little "jack," VMI has produced not only a
connoissieur of stoop-poop, but a slick financier. When
the time finally comes for him to pull out of Limits
Gates in a red Mustang with a DAS certificate in his
back pocket, we know that a certain lucky girl and
the USAF will be getting a good man.
ANDREW MOORE BRANTLEY
Raleigh, North Carolina
GARY JOSEPH BRASWELL
Virginia Beach, Virginia
PAUL JAMES BROSS
DAVID CHRISTY BROTHERS, II
Paul James Bross
Civil Engineering. Armor, Pvt.. Color Sgt.. Distin-
guished Military Student, Dean's List, ASCE, United
States Armor Association, Lutheran Club — President,
Tanker Platoon, YAE, Young Republicans, Fire Fighters,
Paul has always wanted a military career and has
managed to gain insight into military matters in spite
of the abundance of trivia that is concentrated in this
paramilitary school. His success lies in being honored
for bucking the system of infinite nothingness that
makes up a VMI day. Paul and knowledge are insepar-
able and he often complains that formal education
interferes with learning. Decisiveness and "Deutscher
Ordnung" are Paul's characteristics and those who
know him well expect to read one day of his lining
up all the tanks in his command and issuing that
order seldom heard in modern warfare — "CHARGE!" —
now commissioned RA Artillery.
David Christy Brothers, II
"Chris" "B.T." "Bullshoot" "Zero"
Biology, Air Force, Cpl., Dean's List, Varsity and Rat
Basketball, Rat Track, VAC, Biology Assistant, Psy-
chology Assistant, Ex-Buddy Club, Ugly Man Club,
"Hey Chris, who are you dating this weekend?"
"Well, I'm not really sure. I was going to date this
cute little girl from Rand-Mac, but she wrote and said
that her aunt got sick and she has to go home. Then I
got a good friend to get me a date from Hollins, but
she called me Wednesday and said her mother was
coming up to take her shopping. And now I've got a
status slip to call this girl at Sem who said she'd date
But it takes more than a jinxed love-life to get the
tall, cheerful Lexington "townie" down. His determina-
tion and hard work have placed him at the top of
his class academically, and his outgoing personality
has won him a place in the hearts of his classmates.
These qualities, coupled with an overwhelming sin-
cerity toward others, have won him the respect of all
those he encountered. And his well-roundedness is
exemplified by his immediate acceptance into medical
One's pleasure cannot be derived from mere knowl-
edge of the attributes which distinguished him from
his peers, but rather knowing Chris . . . Chris.
Peyton Goolrick Brown
English, Armor, Pvt., Varisty Basketball, Varsity Track,
Rat Basketball, Rat Track, Rat Cross Country, Mono-
An all-state selection in high school from Bedford,
Peyton will always be remembered as the spark of the
varsity basketball team. Bob Hummel of West Virginia
will never forget his sock-itto-me antics in the final
minutes. When he is not fighting it out on the floor,
he is rolling around in the sand at Virginia Beach.
Hailing from the "Gtietto," Peyton is one of the
f'!w who will graduate and retain the same girl for
four years. Gail, we salute you for such an outstand-
ing achievement in endurance and patience.
One of Peyton's greatest contributions was his
famous "salty dog." Its results have been seen by
drivers from Lexington to Charlottesville. If the boys
at U.Va. think they have something on him, they have
another thought coming.
Peyton will always be remembered by the boys of
the Ghetto. To him we wish the very best of luck
and know that his future will be a bright one.
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PEYTON GOOLRICK BROWN
Eugene Wynne Browning
Civil Engineering, Artillery. Pvt., ASCE Ciuil Shaft-
Managing Editor, ASCE, Civil War Roundtable, Cadet
Battery— Section Chief.
Being an army brat, Wynne has moved all over the
country. Yet by some quirk of fate, or a big mis-
talie, he elected to come to VIVII. Arriving from the
sunny weather of San Antonio, he met VMI in the
form of a first class company commander.
Much lighter by Christmas. Wynne had decided the
life of a private was for him. Being a private turned
out to be much easier than remaining a CE. After
tv^o summers of extra study on the Hill and one turn
on Ac Pro. he has achieved a solid academic path.
His sights are now set on a CE degree and Lt.
bars. The future at present is unclear. Uncle Sam has
claim to two years, then anything is possible.
Charles Faulkner Bryan
History, Armor. Pvt., Cpl., Distinguished Military Stu-
dent, Dean's List, Bomb Staff, Timmins Music Society
— President, Civil War Roundtable — President.
The state of Tennessee sent an able ambassador to
VMI in the form of "plain old Charlie." This title,
however, has only favorable connotations, for Charlie
has never been, nor has ever desired to be, anything
but himself. Nonetheless, in being himself, the essence
of genuine sincerity shines through the foll^sy exterior.
The desire to succeed and worl< hard have brought
Charlie from the doldrums of Math 101 to doctoral
aspirations in history. A large part of Charlie's desire
to do well is due to the girl of his dreams, the sweet-
est librarian in the state.
Having completed VMI, Charlie will become a per-
manent part of a rich VMI tradition. With the Civil
War as his main field of study, his only salvation lies
in l<eeping the war in the text book.
Charles Faulkner Bryan, because of hi.s good na-
ture, cannot hope to be anything but "plain old
Charlie." His class wants him to stay that way, and
there's no doubt that Cammy does too.
George MacLaren Brydon, III
Economics, Armor, Pvt., Sup. Sgt., Distinguished Mili-
tary Student. Bomb Staff — Circulation Manager, Rat
Football, Rat Track. Ring Figure Committee — Chairman,
Pioneer Investment Club — Vice President, Hop and
Floor Committee, Student Union, First Class Represen-
tative for Alvin Dennis Clothing Store.
Larry didn't really blossom until our junior year,
when, as Ring Figure Chairman, he contributed as
much to the weekend as did the victory over Tech.
Larry has always been one with an eye for the quick
buck, with rackets ranging from unauthorized vendor
on the fourth stoop, to haberdasher, to lapidary. His
association as a social member of W&L's Sigma Chi
chapter, coupled with his ready access to a car. has
left him few opportunities to enjoy Saturday night
SRC in Crczet Hall. The combination of his Harry-Lime
appearance and "gift of gab" have left a lasting im-
pression on his classmates. The expiration of his term
as VMI's ambassador to the local girls' schools will
most assuredly not go unnoticed by their inhabitants.
In a serious vein, Larry will long be remembered for
his organizational abilities, achievements, and readi-
ness to help those in need.
GEORGE MacLAREN BRYDON, III
Thomas Randolph Buckner
"Tom" "Buck" "The Duck"
History, Air Force, Pvt., Distinguished Academic Stu-
dent, Wesley Foundation, Young Republicans, YAF,
Political Science Society, Library Assistant, IG.B.A.
Who is the only History-prating, Physics-hating,
Brooke-courting, Commodore-supporting, all night-stud-
ler in Barracks? Who else but the "Lawrenceburg
Liberal"— well not exactly "liberal." From speaking his
mind at Sunday School to speaking his mind in Bar-
racks, Tom became a go-getter. You always knew
where he stood on matters — Right! Though involved
in many discussions on every conceivable subject, Tom
never seemed to let anything bother him. Militarily, he
is without a doubt one of the most easy going guys,
never seeming to sweat any of the pestering little
things that VMI has to offer.
After an initial switch from Physics (too much math)
to History, Tom's rise academically was meteoric: from
average grades his rat year to Dean's List his third
class year to Distinguished Student his second class
year: a record anyone would envy.
"Haben. Sie gluck" in graduate school. Buck. And
we still think you deserve a B.S. in History.
George Cameron Budd, Jr.
"Rose" "The Arm"
Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Dean's List, ASCE,
Who's Nobody Club.
George left St. C's of Richmond back in '65 and
strolled through Jackson Arch with a most indifferent
However, there soon came that rash realization; VMI
was a military school and "Rose" didn't particularly
care for that. He quickly became a friend to many
with his easy way and low care factor. Who else had
one arm in a cast most of his Rat year and then
showed up his sophomore year with the other one
broken? It was none other than "The Arm."
For raasons unknown, Rose turned over a new
leaf his 2nd class year . . . academically that is, not
militarily. It came slowly, but he began to tear up
the CE curriculum. He has topped off a good junior
year with an outstanding first class year. Aceing every
subject isn't bad at any man's school.
Right now, when he isn't hitting the books over in
NEB or taking off to Richmond, our boy is anxiously
awaiting that reply from graduate school.
Good luck to one of the most congenial guys in
Jack Riggin Burroughs, Jr.
Economics, Armor, CpL, Sgt., Lt., Distinguished Mili-
tary Student, Varsity Fencing, Rat Basketball and
Cross Country, 322 Club, Distinguished Member of the
Balcony Brothers, Fire Fighters, I.G.B.A.
When "Rig" surfed in from Front Royal, Va., on that
steamy day in September 1965. the waves were up.
but they soon waned. The dog days of his rat year
were punctuated by occasional bright spots, such as a
certain escapade at Limits Gates, which caused the rat
class much grief after taps that night. At the end of
his rat year he displayed what was to become his most
heralded talent of getting the maximum benefit from
a minimum of effort by becoming a corporal. His third
class year was devoted to communion with the Corps
through the joys of rank (Company Room, specials,
etc.) and to wrestling matches with the demigods of
academics, specifically those of the Spanish Depart-
ment. As a Pvt., his second class year he lived a
more sober, humbler existence. Academics improved,
and after the tempering experiencs of various economic
ventures, specials. Ring Figure, Midwinters '68, etc., he
emerged prepared to take on the untold burdens of the
first: belt buckles, dykes, rank, and a girl a month. Rig
will leave VMI a better person; his confidence, easy
manner, and his ability to win when it counts will
make him a sure winner in the "real" world.
JACK RIGGIN BURROUGHS, JR.
Front Royal, Virginia
David Thomas Bush
Electrical Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity Cheer-
leader—Co-head, Rat Baseball, IEEE, J.M. Hall Usher,
Rat Disciplinary Committee. Pioneer Investment Club,
Ghetto, Roanoke Club, '69 Social Committee— Chair-
In the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and sixty-
five. Bushy Bear signed his life away and followed
his brother down the crack in the pavement. Dave
made the transition from high school teeny bopper to
VIVII's biggest "Hot Dog" without too much difficulty.
His rat year he kept his chin neatly tucked in and
never relished the joys of the rat student government
hence his election to the RDC. The third class year
found Dave trying to broaden himself economically
as well as socially and intellectually. The result of
this "wheeler dealer" operation netted Bushy Bear
more character than profit. Dave's second class
year found him as a charter member of the 238
All Stars and a member, in good standing, of the
Ghetto. When he was chosen cheerleader, it gave him
the one thing he coveted most ... an audience. With
the first class year, few people dreamed that be-
neath all the glitter and shiny chrome there lurked
a snake. The first Zollman's Party found a brother
rat leaving without the sweet thing he had escorted
to the party.
If Dave can maintain his cool in the future, he will
undoubtedly go far . . . very far.
Warren Arthur Bushey, Jr.
Civil Engineering, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Base-
ball, Rat Gymnastics, ASCE, Dean's List, Class Com-
From the first it was obvious that Art and the In-
stitute weren't going to get along. Crippled with the
vices of common sense and outspokeness, "B.P." was
destined to four years of conflict with VIVll.
Highlighting his VMI experiences were his mutual
love and understanding with his rat First Sgt., as well
as his dumping the Third Class President in an expres-
sion of his opinion of the Rat Line. Dumping, however,
was not limited to class presidents, as early one morn-
ing it became necessary to dump his roommate after
stepping on a wet kleenex absent mindedly left on the
floor the night before.
Academically, Art survived and often flourished in
spit" of the excellent quality instructors such as Capt.
Trailways. Thus, with the aid of his secret defense
hidden behind the walls of Madison, Art has succeeded
in maintaining his individualism and being one of the
few to pass through VMI unscathed.
Harry William Butler, III
English, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished
Military Student, Civil War Roundtable— Vice President,
AFC, English Society, Ring Figure Committee, Class
Finance Committee, Cadet Battery-Commander, Most
Outstanding Bi-linguist, Superintendent's Committee for
Horse Artillery, Class Research Committee.
Our hero received his sobriquet "Spunky" early be-
cause of his constant enthusiasm and. when he es-
caped his Rat year without a single demerit, rank
came quickly to our noted Civil War Expert. During
these early days, Spunky tried a new curriculum each
semester before settling down with the fellows on
third floor SSH. His roommates found him always
eager to repair any item, but his only tools (a ham-
mer and chisel) soon put him out of business. The
worst was yet to come, for after the Institute made
him a movie star with Jackson's Cannon, he almost
got a plan through Smith Hall to reactivate the Horse
Artillery. In his last year. Spunk has garnered the
backing of his platoon by being a rarity — a hairy
ranker. The weekends found him with Nancy, a four
year veteran of VMI, who may yet be able to get our
inveterate wanderer and loner to settle down someday.
The Commandant's Office will see fewer wild permits,
and the Cadet Battery may perish, but this Brother
Rat's friendiy smile and helping hand will affect
DAVID THOMAS BUSH
WARREN ARTHUR BUSHEY, JR.
HARRY WILLIAM BUTLER, III
ROBERT LOUIS BYRNE, JR.
Westfield, New Jersey
RICHARD COCHRANE CAMP
Robert Louis Byrne, Jr.
History, Infantry, Pvt. Distinguished Military Student,
Dean's List, Cadet Staff, Civil War Roundtable, In-
tramural Tennis, AFC, Young Republicans, IRC, New-
man Club, Rat Basketball.
There is some aspect of VMI that appeals to every-
body, whether it be academics, athletics, or the mili-
tary. It took Bob a couple of years of looking around
from his hay before he finally decided to try the
academic approach. He has found that it is a hard
fight trying to get an education here, but he has been
In spite of being one of the "tool-shed's" R.A. In-
fantry types, guess what is always keeping him off
the Dean's List?
Challenging only the faculty hasn't satisfied Bob.
He has also tried the Commandant's Office, but with
much less success. Nevertheless, Bob has failed to
make the 100 demerit club for the first time this year.
Although many remember Bob for his constant good
humor, and undying optimism, those who know him
well know his more serious side. He is always ready
to help a friend and to give generously of his time
and advice. We wish him as much success in the
future as he has had here.
Roger Darrell Call
Biology, Armor, Pvt., CpL, Varsity Judo, Young Repub-
licans, Class Emblem Committee, Class Finance Com-
mittee, Northern Virginia Club, Fire Fighters.
Roger was talked into coming to VMI by a "BR"
who was afraid to go alone. After a year and a summer
as an electrical engineer, he traded his slip-stick and
dry cell for a microscope and scalpel in the belief that
Biology would best prepare him for a career in wild-
life management. Being happily pinned to two girls at
once is a proof of his skill in this area.
Roger has spent four years in Lexington trying to
live the good life and find a good steak. After a brief
term as a corporal, he finally found the good life, but
never the elusive sirloin. He spent the rest of the
academic year memorizing biology and chemistry. Al-
though frustrated in his efforts to make Dean's List,
he did hold a successful dyke school while continuing
to work for his degree.
Rog is impossible to find during furlough, as he is
usually engaging in his first love — driving in search
of a second or third. It is not unusual for Rog.
who would like to be a racing driver, to log 2,000
miles in a week. Whether he becomes a marine
biologist, a racing driver or a career soldier, this
brother rat will be a credit to VMI.
Richard Cochrane Camp
Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Rat and Varsity Wrestling, Rat
Judo, Bomb Staff, Soul Kings Combo. Commanders.
Proudly displaying the physical dimensions of a fire
hydrant, the "Stump" lived, loved, and studied through
four years at VMI marred only by an acute lack of
fingernails. He will be remembered by his Brother Rats
for his ability to hide under a wide assortment of hats,
and for his possession of the only straight pants in
barracks with the same dimensions as a pair of
In addition to his dry wit and his soulful lead gui-
tar solos with the Soul Kings, the Stump also pos-
sessed a serious determination to realize his goals.
This determination paid off, and next year the Stump
will be found roaming the hallowed halls of the MCV
Dental School, with a book in one hand, a drink in the
other, and his guitar obediently following a safe dis-
James Paxton Campbell
History, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt., Reg. Sgt. Maj., Dean's
List, Varsity and Rat Judo, Cadet Staff— News Editor,
Bomb Staff, Baptist Student Union, Bloodmobile Chair-
man, Young Republicans, Hop and Floor Committee
— Publicity Mgr., Ring Figure IVIagazine — Layout Edi-
tor, Cadet Union Committee, Fire Fighters, AFC —
Activities Chairman, Glee Club.
Jim came to VMI from the bustling Mecca of Roan-
oke with his smile, sunny personality, and a tre-
mendous desire to make good. From the first, Jim took
on responsibility and an extraordinary load of extra-
curricular activities which made him one of the busiest
men in barracks. Although the Hop and Floor, Blood-
mobile, the Student Union Committee for New Cadets,
and the always thankless job of Regimental Sergeant
Major have made strict demands on his time, he has
become the most dedicated commuter in barracks,
almost exclusively to Fredericksburg to see a certain
young lady. While his interests are varied, his heart
has never strayed despite all the temptations of our
exciting existence. Wherever life takes him, we are
sure that his sense of humor, his desire to make good,
and Linda will keep his direction true, and the Brother
Rats of '69 join in wishing Jim a heartfelt good luck.
Ward Loveless Carr
English, Artillery, Pvt., Dean's List, Varsity Football,
Rat Wrestling, Ghetto, Rams Club, M.S. Appreciation
Out of Waterford, Virginia, came this prospect, a
high draft choice of the Keydet's Gridiron brain trust.
Ward has shown his build-up was not unwarranted in
his performances on the football field and in the
classroom. His ready enthusiasm, and at times over-
enthusiasm, has made him a highly vocal representa-
tive of the Ghetto on many issues. His exploits in
such exotic places as Amherst, Roanoke, and Staunton
have helped to destroy the myth that cadets are all
military and uninterested in the finer things of life.
Ward's diligent work as a prominent member of the
English Department has earned him Dean's List ratings
for the past two years. Grad school possibly awaits
the "wild man," and after four years of being chained
up in Lexington, his dynamic personality will be able
to assert itself upon the unsuspecting world. Good
luck, Ward ... or World?
Charles Thomas Catlett
History, Armor, Pvt., Varsity Baseball, Rat Football,
Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Monogram Club, Tide-
water Club, Ghetto Club, I.G.B.A., Hot Dogs.
Big Tom came to the Institute in 1965 from God's
country. Tidewater. Big Tom fit in well here if for only
one reason, his ability to make and maintain friends.
He's always willing to sit down and talk. No matter
what the topic, it always seemed to swing around to
girls. Indeed, this subject seems to have been Tom's
biggest problem, although his warmest pleasure, dur-
ing his term.
The Dog is definitely a party man. No one that has
witnessed his participation at the Pine Room parties
or at Zollman's will ever remember him for not being
the calmest man there.
When graduation separates us, as it invariably must,
we're all going to miss Tom's big smile, his hearty
laugh, and his big baseball cap. Undoubtedly, Tom is
one of the "grandest" of the brother rats of 1969.
Ht' " ''ll
JAMES PAXTON CAMPBELL
WARD LOVELESS CARR
CHARLES THOMAS CATLEH
LOUIS COE CAUDELL, JR.
Wichita Falls, Texas
CLARENCE NEWTON CHAMBERLAIN, III
JAMES HARRY CHAPMAN, III
Louis Coe Caudell, Jr.
English, Armor, Pvt., Who's Nobody Club, Marshall
Library Assistant, Texas Club— Secretary-Treasurer.
When Lou arrived at VMI, he thought a stay in the
mountains might be almost enjoyable. His mind was
quickly changed by an upper classman with shiney
shoes, belt and head. Since then, graduating and re-
turning to Texas have been high on his list of "things
to do." Lou tried Virginia women for a few years but
like a true Texan, again turned to his native state.
Having Tommie 1500 miles away has been a disad-
vantage, to say the least, but not an insurmountable
one, (what better way to use four first class days and
a weekend). Lou was a "Hell Raiser" his third and
second class years, but after becoming engaged he
quickly settled into domestic quietude. Although like
a true LA he gives the impression of never studying,
Lou always pulls through in the end. We will be sorry
to see him go back to Texas, but wish him and Tommie
the very best of luck.
Clarence Newton Chamberlain, III
Economics, Armor, Pvt., Rat Wrestling, ASCE, Northern
Virginia Club, Young Republicans, Ski Club, Colorado
Club, Who's Nobody Club.
"Wilt," as he is better known to his Brother Rats,
came to VMI with bright eyes, and an eger mind, look-
ing forward to a military life and a civil engineering
degree. This attitude stayed with him well into his
third class year when a great change took place. Gone
were his dreams of West Point and illustrious engi-
neering achievements. Becoming an economics major.
Wilt finally settled down to serious studying and be-
came a cultivated private. This was also the year of
the birth of his greatest love — skiing — with several
trips to the Homestead and one to Colorado to see
what real skiing was.
Now, as he is heading down the final stretch after
four years and three summers of academics, he is
looking forward to putting to use the vast knowledge
and potential he has built since first coming through
the arch. Whatever the future may hold, we are sure
that Wilt will meet the challenge.
James Harry Chapman, III
Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Rat Golf, VAS, Cheerleader,
Hawk's Hustlers, I.G.B.A.
In September of 1965, one of the most notorious
lovers in the state entered VMI. That first year was
full of challenges and hardships, but the Weasel gained
stature in the hearts of his Brother Rats. Throughout
his cadetship, he has always been willing to help any
member of the Corps. This trait has brought everyone
close to his exuberant self, especially a lovely maiden
from Longwood. By chance, "Sweet Martha" has com-
pletely stifled his road trips to Radford, Staunton, and
all points west v;hich are stocked with members of the
opposite sex. His school spirit has been neither equaled
nor surpassed by any of his contemporaries. His quick
and friendly grin brought him through his third class
year with flying colors. As he entered his second
class year, we all knew that he would become a suc-
cess. As we complete our eventful four years at the
Institute, everyone in the class will recognize him as
one of their closest brother rats. I am certain that
Jimmy's endeavors will be fulfilled and we all wish
him the best of luck.
Warren Melbourne Childress
Electrical Engineering, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Mili-
tary Student, IEEE, Political Science Society, Wesley
Warran is another of the big city boys at the In-
stitute—from Bedford, Va. Home never looked better
before his Rat year, though, since Warren was fre-
quently on Saturday company permits.
Most of us know Warren by his rather unimposing
manner. He has slipped through VMI with a minimum
of disturbance — no special reports, no confinement,
and good grades in electrical engineermg.
A good sense of humor is a prerequisite for a cadet
and Warren has one of the best. On occasion he is
also possessed of extremely cryptic behavior which
defies discernment. Thus many lines of his bull have
fallen on credulous ears.
Assured of a good job with his EE background and
never one to sweat the girls, Warren will become a
solid, successful citizen and look on his Keydet days
as "no big thmg."
Nathan Handy Christian
Biology, Air Force, Pvt., Soul Kings.
Rack and procrastination — these words describe the
life of one of the future sawbones of Virginia. Hailing
from the Hill City, Nat came to VMI and has managed
to sleep more than any other cadet and always hand
assignments in late. As a tweet in Band Co., he has
kept his rifle oily and his hair long. Believing that
practice makes perfect, he has twice taken his turn
at organic. As a charter member of Club 168, his love
life has fluctuated, but still he claims that he will not
undergo the drudgery of being a husband — yet. Nat
developed a good First Class private attitude and as
one officer put it, "A grubby private makes a grubby
Second Lieutenant." His plans are not laid beyond his
tour as a pilot, but for his sake, let us hope there
will always be a rack available.
NATHAN HANDY CHRISTIAN
Handle Dennis Clark
English, Artillery, Pvt., Basketball— Captain, Rat Bas-
ketball, Rat Cross Country, Timmins Music Society,
Glee Club, Lexington Baptist Church— Music Director,
Monogram Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Red
"Big Dog" rolled into VMI determined to excell,
and has done so, in spite of the military atmosphere
and Rex. Smiling through it all, though it was some-
times obscured by that long, healthy head of hair,
he devoted his energy to food, basketball, food, classi-
cal Greece, and food. Even though he is religion-
oriented, his other assets have overcome this. His
friendliness often found him visiting throughout the
post, even when he was on confinement, with the re-
sult that he was soon enjoying the personal attention
of the Commandant's Office.
The Dog lost his friendly attitude on the basketball
court as West Virginia and Bushkar will attest. Our
Indiana boy discovered that Lexington had more to
offer than Queens College and the future looks bright
for him and Anita. Barracks will miss his booming
soprano and ever-present can of hair spray — the per-
sonal flair wriich marked his cadetship.
RANDLE DENNIS CLARK
ROBERT DALE CLINGENPEEL, JR.
Robert Dale Clingenpeel, Jr.
"dinger" "Mad Bomber"
Biology, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity Swimming Manager,
Rat Swimming Coacti, Rat Swimming, Rmg Figure
Magazine, SPB, Scouters Club, Mad Bombers, Mono-
gram Club, Club 138, Spirit Committee, Ghetto.
"dinger" came to VMI with hopes of majoring in
History but the "Star City sensation" soon switched
to Biology because he needed the challenge. This
switch proved a great stimulus as he rose to great
heights by becoming a founder of the "Mad Bombers'
Association." However in his second class year, with
divine guidance from "The Man" he decided to forego
his bombing for two months. It was during this pe-
riod of forced retirement that Bobby began to con-
centrate en academics and a steady rise in his grades
resulted. In his first class year Bcb became a mem-
ber of the Letcher Avenue Surfing Association and
could often be seen catching the big one; in front of
Now dinger has only one goal to attain at VMI:
a diploma. No matter what the future may bring after
graduation, with his determination and personality he
will be sure to succeed.
Brant Stewart Collins
History, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Wrestling, Rat
Baseball, Wesley Foundation, Fellowship of Christian
Athletes, Tube Watching Team, Ghetto, P.E. Depart-
ment Assistant Instructor, Monogram Club, Soccer,
Spirit Committee, I.G.B.A.
Polack, Mobutu, Mr. NY Ranger, Chel, Sidney
Poitier: this is the man with a thousand names. He
comes from the "New Choizyshoah" on the "Adlann-
Playing soccer, wrestling, avidly rooting for the NY
Giants, Jets, Rangers, or Knicks, are the many things
Brant has done. Even though he has the LA's devo-
tion to his hay rack, he has maintained an average
just below the Dean's List.
Brant manages to take enough time away from the
"Tube" and hayrack to entertain several misses from
the neighboring girls' schools. His participation in the
rituals of the Pine Room and Zollman's have made
Bacchus smile many a time.
Proud of his Ghetto heritage at VMI, the Polack has
kept a perfect military record for four years; he is a
Wherever Brant may go after leaving here (it won't
be so far that he can't see the Rangers play), he has
the best wishes of the class.
Michael Carl Colozzi
History, Infantry, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student,
Bomb Staff— Managing Editor, The 1969 Bullet— Co-
Editor, Handbook for Entering Cadets — Co-Editor,
Wesley Foundation, Newman Club, IRC, Political Sci-
ence Society, Fire Fighters, YRC, Northern Virginia
Club, 1969 Invitations Committee — Chairman, Cadet
Union Manager, Class of 1969 Research Committee,
Cadet Union — Member-at-large. AFC, Who's Nobody
Club, Vestal Virgins.
Harbored for four years in a system marred by
trivia, meaningless symbols, and scheduled chaos, he
stood among 1200 nobles and among friends. We may
soon forget helicopters on the parade ground, Dex. all
night vigils, summer camp, parties, and p:ems, but
it is unlikely that cur minds will erase the image
of the individual that he was. Our memories will call
fcrth a person, creative, turbulent, and vital, and one
who existed to understand and stand abov». He was
sincere in his efforts, but unsatisfied with himself
in success. Few have been asised to prove so much
to so many, and did. And this is only the beginning.
Grant him Paula, a guitar, an Irish Setter, and a
lonely beach. He has been a Brother Rat we will
long remember and forever respect.
MICHAEL CARL COLOZZI
Weldon David Couch
Biology, Armor, Pvt., Distinguislied IVlilitary Student,
Dean's List, Cadet Staff, VAS, RDC, Rangers— Com-
mander, Class Finance Committee, Texas Club— Presi-
Out of Fort Worth this Texan came hell bent to VMI,
determined to carve out his niche at the Institute. Un-
like many of us, Dave decided not to specialize in one
area, but, rather, he decided to conquer all aspects of
the system. Disregarding stripes as but a mere ap-
purtenance of success, he has left his mark upon the
rat line, his pet project, the Ranger program, and
most of all, upon every classmate whom he has helped.
Despite an irrepressible sense of humor, he has also
managed to remain serious long enough to accumulate
Dean's List honors. Next year will find him at med
school, learning to be what he desires most. In the
future, we see a cute little blond from Texas Tech and
many years of good fortune for Doctor Couch.
Craig Joseph Cresto
English, Air Force, Pvt, AFC, YRC, Who's Nobody Club.
When Craig arrived at VMI on 9 September 1965, he
had never laid eyes on "The Place." He knew next to
nothing about the "system." but soon found out that
shiny buttons and neat uniforms weren't everything.
As a Rat, one doesn't want to run afoul of the RDC,
but Craig accomplished this with a lot of flair; and six
RDC meetings later, he "graduated" from the Rat Line.
Craig has learned much from VMI, some good and
some bad, but always interesting. His study hall was
the PX, and his major was playing bridge, but he still
managed, after two summer schools, to graduate.
After graduation, he plans to go the way of all
good little "Zoomies" and take to the sky as a navi-
gator. Let's all hope and pray he doesn't get lost (he
isn't too good with figures). As he bids farewell to
VMI as a cadet, he will always remember what a
great bunch of guys make up the Class of '69.
George Randolph Crocker, Jr.
History, Armor, Pvt., Sgt., Supply Sgt., Varsity Base-
ball, Rat Cross Country, Monogram Club, Ring Figure
Committee, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Cadet Re-
ceptionist, Fire Fighters, Political Science Society,
Who's Nobody Club, Dean's List.
A confirmed bachelor his first two years at the In-
stitute, Randy returned to start his second class year
and announced that he had given up playing the field.
A certain beautiful young lady from "back home" had
laid claim to him, and our brother rats will agree she
couldn't have made a better choice.
A broken hand caused him to give up another play-
ing field that year, but he came back, better than ever,
to give the baseball team his invaluable leadership. In
a similar manner, he continued to work toward his
goals with a sureness that will always guarantee him
success, whether it be in the service, in graduate
school, or in the courtroom.
Easily distinguishable at a glance. Firebird revealed
a totally unselfish, easy-going personality and was al-
ways ready to share a good laugh or offer an assuring
May his life be filled with the happiness he deserves.
GEORGE RANDOLPH CROCKER, JR.
South Hill, Virginia
Paul Anthony Curs
History, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt., Capt.— Regimental S-3,
Distinguished Aerospace Student, Rat Social Committee,
Northern Virginia Club, IRC, AFC, FTX Executive Officer,
Vice Commandant's Award (Summer Camp).
The Big Black Buzzard of Northern Virginia has been
the military man's ideal since the ninth of September
back in sixty-five. Although he has fought many tough
battles with the Ladies of the Valley and the English
department, our boy Buz always had a kind word
and a good disposition toward his brother rats. Even
while posing as a serious-minded Regimental S-3, Paul
managed to get just as relaxed as his "BR's" at the
Pine Room. IVlajoring in history, Air Force eye charts,
and womanhood. Mad Dog has provided Slim witti
extra income this year but at no expense to his
classmates. His easygoing manner and warm per-
sonality assure Paul success in whatever he does.
Richard Raymond Daub
Biology, Armor, Pvt., Rat and Varsity Football, Rat
Judo, Extended Furlough Club.
Do ... do ... do ... Da .. . Daub is probably
best described as one of those rare individuals who is
allergic to both soap and water. Somewhere in his
uncertain beginning, he heard the excerpt from the
Christian burial service, proclaiming man's destiny to
return to ashes and dust. Taking this literally (if
somewhat prematurely), dirt-ball attempted— with
amazing results — to assert himself as the champion-
Richie advanced to become one of VMI's most
glamorous practice standouts. With that certain air
about him. Dodo came off the bench time and time
. . . sometimo ... to carry in the key defensive
play he had developed intD his specialty; calling
Sealing his doom, Richie decided to cast his lot with
T.O. and Leo. He became a charter member of the
Michigan Wrecking Crew and the Hell's Angels. His
work in these two organizations could be termed only
as brilliant. His courtships here ranged from an air-
line stewardess, a Miss America, to a school teacher.
In September of '68, Dodo gave RPI a break, only to
find the Institute was his true refuge.
With that immortal phrase, "lit yyou ca ca can't t
take, shut up," Richie takes his last trip from VMI
for the college football draft in St. Louis or Haight-
Ashbury. Good luck, Dodo, and may success be yours.
Arden Michael Dean
Civil Engineering, Armor, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished
Military Student, Rat Cross Country, Rat Indoor and
Outdoor Track, ASCE, Lutheran Club, Fire Fighters,
Downtown Athletic Club, Museum Guide and Weapons
Research, Cub Scout Pack Leader, AFC.
Upon entering the Institute, the Kraut met the en-
tire regimental staff in a rest position after remodel-
ing the S-l's shoes. In his complete ignorance, he
grasped his two suitcases, three blankets, pillow,
typewriter, and food box, and then went up four
flights of steps to his plush quarters where he im-
mediately flaked out.
The highlight of Mike's rat year was affection-
ately earning the reputation as a smoothie with the
Southern girls of the local colleges. Since he doesn't
dance, his brother rats can't figure out how he does it.
The military and his academics have always been in
conflict, as avidenced by his fluctuating rank as he
went from private to corporal to private to sergeant
Wanting to enrich his mind and expand his outlook,
he spent three wonderful summers studying interesting
(?) courses of his choice.
All of his roomies will long remember him, the win-
dow, and the snow drifts as he trained for Korea in
the dead of winter as well as his becoming a U.S.
citizen his first class year.
ARDEN MICHAEL DEAN
Maple Park, Illinois
Michael Daniel Delaney
"Double D" "Dog" "Mike"
Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Distinguished Military
Student, Dean's List, Varsity and Rat Football, Varsity
and Rat Judo, VAS, Cadet Biology Assistant, Newman
Ttiougti Mike came to VMI from a long line of VMI
grads, he has utterly refused to be poured from the
mold such a family background might suggest — Mike
has remained an individual. In silent rebellion, he has
ignored those parts of the system that were inaccept-
able to him; at the same time, he energetically pursued
those things which have appealed to him. Mike has
been a consistent Dean's List student. Not satisfied
with an active mind, he has also been very active in
athletics, often being found in the weight rooms.
Many cadets, perhaps, have thought the "Dog" to be
one of the cockiest men in Barracks, but this feeling
stems from his being a dedicated man with a goal
and the will to attain it. To those of us who know
him well, he is the truest of friends. With his stan-
dards and abilities, Mike is doubtlessly bound for a
successful and rewarding career as a physician.
Howard Barlow Delk
"Bar" "Nelson Co."
Economics, Infantry, Pvt., Rat and Varsity Football
Manager, Nelson County Club— Vice President and
Bar came to VMI as a result of a typical Selena Delk
"Railroad Job." Nevertheless, he entered Jackson Arch
somewhat optimistic. The horrible experience of the
next four years removed all enthusiasm for VMI and
the military life. The country boy has definitely not
"found himself a home" at the Institute.
The one enjoyable activity that Bar has had here
was his work with the football team. He and his older
brother have set an unprecedented record of ten con-
secutive years of service to the team. As manager, Bar
has earned his "Junior Stewardess" wings on 12
straight plane trips.
William Russell DeWitt
Civil Engineering, Infantry, Cpl., Pvt., 1st Sgt., Dis-
tmguished Military Student, Distinguished Academic
Student, ASCE, Class Insurance Committee, James
Preston Taylor Award.
Sure, Civil Engineers have to work harder than any-
one else! Wake up DeWitt and tell him if you want to
hear a good laugh. Bill is a sleep major from Ann
Arbor, Michigan, who has managed to get in enough
hours between naps for a minor in Civil Engineering.
The irony of it is that Rip Van DeWitt wears Academic
Stars and ranks second in the C.E. Department.
Bill has had a relatively uneventful cadetship (What
can you do in your sleep?). His record is remarkably
clean — he has managed to get all of his specials
(5-10 5's and 10-6-30) transferred to innocent by-
standers. Bill's record of academic and military suc-
cess caught up with him after three years and he
finally made it into the zoo — as B Co.'s First Sergeant.
Words need not be wasted wishing Bill success in
the Future. His ability to make friends easily, un-
selfishness, and willingness to help others guarantees
him a brig'i.t future.
MICHAEL DANIEL DELANEY
HOWARD BARLOW DELK
WILLIAM RUSSELL DeWIH
Ann Arbor, Michigan
THOMAS DAVIS DEYERLE, II
JAMES WAYNE DIXON
FREDERICK MICHAEL DOWNEY, II
Thomas Davis Deyerle, II
Economics, Armor, Pvt., Rat Baseball, Dean's List,
Pioneer Investment Club, Who's Nobody Club, Rich-
Coming to VMI under the guiding hand of his dad,
Sugarbear didn't think he'd like it and once he got
here, he knew he didn't. But Tom just isn't the type
to get into any trouble, and has endured VMI with a
smile. He's kept his grades up, his hair long, and a
clothing bill uptown for four years.
Nobody really knows why we call him Sugarbear. He
just looks like one. Not being one to get his dander
up, there are a few things that rouse him, like Eco
grades, Playboys, and summer camp.
Never a "kiss and tell" man, Tom always makes the
scene with a good-looker. There are few stories told
about the beach in which no one mentions the Sugar-
bear. If he ever settles down with one girl, we'd like
to see that girl.
Tom's easy going manner marks him as a well bred
gentleman and is certain to lead him to the success
which he deserves.
James Wayne Dixon
History, Armor, Pvt., 1st Sgt.. Capf.— CO Charlie Co.,
Distinguished Military Student, Baptist Student Union,
Hop and Eloor Committee, Tankers Platoon, Tidewater
Club, Monogram Club, ROTC Superior Cadet Medal.
Jimmy's original purpose in coming to VMI was to
became a Marine Tanker. After one day of the rat
line he decided that 4-E was the way to go. A slow
evolution followed and now he is confident that RA
Army is the only way.
Besides working his way into the position of C
Co. Commander, and ownership of a new Mustang.
"D.D." has tried to work his way into the hearts of
several girls. Mostly without success! The current
project is at Greenbrier College.
He leaves VMI happy and optimistic about the future.
Frederick Michael Downey, II
History, Infantry, CpL, Sgt., Lt.— Battalion S-4, Dis-
tinguished Military Student, Rat Judo, Rangers, AFC—
Vice President, Fire Fighters.
F. M. Downey (commonly referred to as Field Mar-
shal) came to VMI with one purpose in mind — to be-
come an Army officer. Through a dedicated program
of avoiding all females with marriage in mind, shun-
ning as much academic work as possible, a dedication
to the VMI Rangers, constant appreciation of his hay
(the Great White Womb), and constantly reading great
military minds such as Nick Carter, Fred has come to
the point where his goal is within reach.
As graduation draws near, VMI will lose a good man
and the Army will gain one. Although he has been
called an MS major at times, few people here have
been as true to themselves as has Fred; he realized
where his future lay, and then worked hard to achieve
With that in mind, we wish the best to a BR who
represents the best VMI and its system has to offer.
Good luck, Fred, and give our regards to Saigon!
^ FIRST CLASS
John Collins DuBose
Chemistry, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Dean's List, Distin-
guished Academic Student, Varsity and Rat Fencing,
Cadet Staff, ACS, Civil War Roundtable.
John came to us from a high-ranking position at a
small, southern military school. As one of the Georgia
Boys, he displayed his favor for the south in all
Joining the ranks of the chemistry majors, he was
able to achieve a high academic standing and gain a
spot on the Dean's List. Rat swimming was a problem,
and the rat line had its hardships, but like most of
his other brother rats, he overcame the obstacles.
Although his hopes to be a military officer were
ended in our third class year, he soon realized that
there are other things in life more important to him.
By other things in life, we mean graduate school and
that certain someone named Becca. Since Christmas
his second class year, he has never missed an oppor-
tunity to see that certain girl back home. Best of luck.
Joseph Omar Ecsi
Biology, Armor, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Swimming,
Monogram Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes,
Ghetto Club, AFC, Northern Virginia Club.
Soon after J.O. became acquainted with the rat
swimming team, he acquired a nickname used previ-
ously only by a little girl in Florida. And so, "Teddy
Bear," the class of '69's greatest butterfly swimmer,
became a part of VMl.
Joe had to sacrifice many things to the Institute.
Although a former Battalion Commander at Randolph
Macon Academy, this cadet has lived at VMl a con-
tented and confirmed private. His reply might be, "You
can't win them all." With the same sentiments, Joe
left the EE Department for the biology curriculum.
The Institute has not, however, demanded the ulti-
mate sacrifice. Candy, the cute little girl in Florida, is
still calling him "Teddy Bear."
John Norman Edenfield
"Ears" "Big John"
History, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Dean's List, Ring
Figure Magazine, RDC — President, General Committee,
Tidewater Club, Spirit of '69 Committee, Ghetto,
Each of us will remember him for many different
things . . . thirteen unanswered phone slips, late
Saturday nights at the C.I., birthday parties, trips to
Sem and U. of Maryland, stripes, peace beads, big
ears, the RDC, and a deep voice. But John's cadetship
has encompassed far more than the black and white
of the system, and the superficiality of being in col-
lege. We will never remember him for what he has
done, but rather, for what he has been to us all. He
was the little fella that could look you straight in the
eye and tell you about the gravest or lightest incident
imaginable. All five feet five could stand there amid
any number of rankers and look ten feet tall. Most of
all, however, John has been just a little more honest,
a little more understanding, and a little more loyal
than most of us could ever be.
His future is no question. There will be but one
end — success and a pretty girl. Watch out worid, "Bee
JOHN NORMAN EDENFIELD
Virginia Beach, Virginia
William Clifford Ellerman
"Maz" "Bill" "Dwight"
Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Cross
Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track, ASCE, Newman
Club, EIHC, Cadet Battery— Section Chief, YRC, AFC,
Maz, a promising distance runner and scholarship
student, quickly found his niche in the system. Never
one to let studying or shinning interrupt his sleeping and
dating, he cultivated a four year rise to a power as a
First Class private. Summers shared between books in
Lexington and stalking game at "E&P" took some
drudgery out of a four year grind. Maz, ranking mem-
ber of the Cadet Battery and an accomplished jeep
rider (who else had a Tac for his personal driver at
FTX), made the wise decision of two years Army in-
stead of four years Air Force. Furtively hiding long
locks under a spectacularly dilapidated hat, he has
avoided Slim's clippers almost as well as the Dean's
List. Other activities of the last four years include
summer nights at "Uncle Jack's," getting lost running
cross-country, countless hours of playing round ball and
most surprising of all, the latest addition to a long line
of bless'd girls, " B B," who seems to have struck a
special fancy in Bill's heart. It seems that this smil-
ing C.E. is bound by destiny to enjoy whatever he
does and everyone who accompanies him on the trip
is bound to enjoy it with him.
Michael Robin Engle
Mathematics, Armor, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Cross Coun-
try—Captain 1968, Varsity and Rat Indoor and Out-
door Track, Cadet Staff— Sports Writer, Monogram
From the very beginning, Eli was a real competitor,
a go-getter, and a true sportsman. His rat year was
devoted solely to cross-country and track. However,
the highlight of his cadefship came his third class year
when he led all members of the varsity PX team in
total offense, capturing the "Triple Crown" in the
process (PX, pool, and Tube time, that is).
At the end of his first semester, third class year,
Mike terminated his career as a hard-working Civil
Engineer. Seeing the light, he switched over to the
math department. Mike's military performance at the
Institute can be summed up in one word — "outstand-
ing" — as was exemplified by his stellar performance
at summer camp. He became an ardent fan of that
AFL quarterback "Babe" Parilli, formerly of the Boston
Patriots. Through desire and a lot of hard work, Mike
became captain of the 1968 cross country team.
Dale Clinton Evans
Biology, Armor, Pvt., Cadet Staff, Glee Club, Who's
Nobody Club, Chapel Choir.
On September 9, 1965 Dale walked through Jackson
Arch and became a rat. However, Dale was not the
normal kind of rat. To Dale the rat line was not a
horrifying experience. It was one big laugh. His lack-
adaisical attitude soon acquired him the name "Super
Rat." Super Rat's fame spread far and wide and before
long he was making regular command performances for
the boys on the fifth stoop.
Super Rat soon found that the Glee Club afforded a
very good means of getting away from the Institute for
awhile. With the aid of the Glee Club, he spent many
a good weekend at Madison, Hollins, Richmond. Wash-
ington, and Tidewater. It was while on these trips that
he ran into his most dangerous adversaries, the M
girls. He managed to elude all of them except for the
last one, Martha, and it looks like she has got him for
Good luck Super Rat from your Brother Rats.
Joseph Nathan Flanz
History, Infantry. Pvt., Distinguished Military Student,
Distinguished Academic Student, Ring Figure Maga-
zine, Religious Council, Rangers, Class Insurance Com-
mittee, Fire Fighters, AFC, Tool Shed Crew, Who's No-
By the end of our Rat year, the name Flanz had
become synonymous with academic excellence. The fact
that Joe is a History major tells little, for his interests
range from psychology to calculus. With a mind scored
pretissimo, and a spirit that regards any obstacle as a
sufficient challenge, Joe could never be restricted to
a single discipline. His VMI record shows a plethora
of worlds conquered.
It was not so in the beginning. This New Yorl( Jew
entered VMI with the expressed desire of making the
Army a career. The decision to renounce this was not
sudden, it lingered in his membership in the Ranger
program and in his high grades amid the cut throat
competition of Infantry ROTC.
Too often the "Number One" man in a college class
is a social non-entity. The familiar vignettes of Joe
helping a Brother Rat, amusingly quelching Anti-
Semitism or escorting a new blind date, all belie the
application of this term to Joe.
Harold Conrad Fleischer, III
Electrical Engineering, Infantry, Cpl., Sgt., 1st Sgt.,
Distinguished Military Student, IEEE, Newman Club,
Rangers, YRC, Fire Fighters, AFC.
Harold, known to all as "the Flash," has undoubt-
edly won the love of the entire Corps. Both as a rank-
er and as a private, "Flash" maintained his respect
for regulations and himself as the epitome of military
appearance. Many have literally attacked his stand on
discipline because he showed more military zeal than
most other cadets. Those who lived with "Flash"
learned to swim under combat conditions, and those
who shared his shocking lab experiences have had a
cadetship unique in every respect — tor all must agree
that there is one and only one "Flash."
Kenneth Richard Fleming
English, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity Canoeing. Rat Baseball,
Bomb Staff, Timmins Society, VASG Coordinator, Red
Blood Donor, Fyfe Fan Club.
"Fu" brought his good looks, a Christiansburg, Va.
heritage, an amiable and obliging personality, a quick
wit and highly "technical" mind, a "near perfect"
physique and a year round-tan to the Mustard Factory
of Lexington, Virginia — the Sunshine School of the
South. Almost immediately, he began to cultivate these
qualities in his pursuit to attain that legendary
"Veemie Well-Rounded Man."
. . . And then came Staph, and the summer of '67
waned unlocking doors to new and promising horizons.
The AMA (American Mathematics Association) proudly
presented our four year veteran in math his Masters
in Arithmetic; and, because of his inspiring determina-
tion, his roomies gladly announced this fall that the
Professional Swimmer's Association had awarded him
the Supar Fish Medal of Honor, He will be remembered
as the owner and protector of the "invulnerable pipe
rack." for his all too frequent and untimely "Tom
Swiftnie" and as the man most instrumental in the
foundation and organization of the Cosy Corner (South-
JOSEPH NATHAN FLANZ
Spring Valley, New York
ROBERT LLOYD FLINT
■ ^^ ^
ROBERT BERNARD FLOWERS
GERALD JOHN FRESIA
Robert Lloyd Flint
Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Bn. Ops. Sgt., Dean's
List, Cadet Staff, ASCE, Fire Fighters, Who's Nobody
When Bob breezed through the arch in September
'65, expecting God only-knows what, he encountered
the Rat Line, For such a nice, easy-going guy and
such a ridiculously unfriendly system, this was a tu-
multuous meeting. As Hugh Adam's dyke. Bob was
not expected to be one of the Battalion Commanders.
But in his first class year, what do we find? An aca-
demically secure Bob Flint hard-charging number on
the Battalion Staff!
It is, however, safe to say that all the power and
the glory did not change Bob. It would be a difficult
task to find anybody in the Corps who doesn't like
him. His easy-going personality, ready smile and good
nature make him one of the nicest guys in barracks.
He manages to find happiness (Happiness?) in N.E.B.,
impossible as that may seem. After he graduates, we
can expect Bob to be building the biggest bridge in
the world and enjoying every minute of it.
Robert Bernard Flowers
Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Sgt., Lt.-Battalion S-1,
Distinguished Military Student, Dean's List, Soccer
Co-Captain, Varsity Judo, Rat Wrestling, Rat Foot-
ball, ASCE Civil Shaft, Newman Club-Treasurer, Honor
Court, AFC, Class '69 Finance Committee.
Bob Flowers has managed to become totally involved
at VMI. In addition to being a Dean's List student
and a member of the Honor Court, "Alice" has been
active in the class, athletics, and the Corps. He
was a member of the class finance committee and
co-captain of the Soccer Team, holding the team lead
in getting away with fouls. His rise in the Corps
was phenomenal, 8th ranking sergeant in a company
with only seven sergeants to S-1 on a battalion staff.
They're still talking about his hair. Giving him sup-
port during his dark years here was Lynda, With this
combo — how can he lose? Best of luck, "Buddha."
Gerald John Fresia
Electrical Engineering, Air Force, Cpl. Sgt., Lt., Dean's
List, Who's Who, Baseball, Wrestling, Rat Baseball,
Rat Gymnastics, IEEE, Sigma Pi Sigma. Newman
Club, Glee Club, IRC, YAF. Timmins Music Society,
Political Science Society, Spirit Committee.
Jerry first entered Jackson Arch on September 9,
1965 determined to conquer V.M.I. In his own way
he has succeeded in doing this. In his academic
work he has excelled to great heights. He maintained
a 3.0 average throughout his entire cadetship.
Jerry is not only an academic wizard, but he is
also a fine athlete. He acquired the nickname of
"fireball" through his teammates on the varsity
baseball team. Anyone who has ever seen him throw
a baseball can verify why this nickname is a valid one.
Excelling in just about everything, has made Jerry
one of VMI's top students and I'm sure success will
follow him throughout his life. The brother rats of
1969 wish Jerry all the success in the world.
Joseph Marshall Frey
German, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Rat Swimming, Cadet
Staff, Class Committee, Who's Nobody Club.
How could such a sleepy boy come from the city?
Jay came to VMI straight from a fine job of company
commander of Band Company at Benedictine High
School. Jay tried too many extra-curricular activities
at VMI, but still made corporal his third class year
(for awhile). Since then, he has been a confirmed
The Air Force gave Jay his break into the ranks of
the privates. It was something concerning "failure to
comply." His second class year his long, enduring
friendship with a certain Lt. came to its zenith.
During this period he received his first haircut and
10-1-20, but not necessarily in that order. 10-6-25
later (after spring furlough), Jay got off confinement.
Far from being broken in spirit, he continued in his
set ways. He merely became a little sneakier.
Predictions; some day Jay will find a girl with whom
he can't find anything wrong. The next day the world
will end. Jay will always be remembered as a "Brother
Rat" in the true sense of the word, and also as a
Arthur Lee Galloway, Jr.
Modern Languages, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity and Rat
Swimming, DGSA, Ring Figure Magazine, Downtown
Athletic Club, DMS.
Although you won't see Lee's name on the honor
roll, the make over sheet, or for that matter on any
other sheet but the daily bone sheet, Lee has accom-
plished much at VMI. Most of us came here undecided,
unsure and scared, not so with Lee. A Rat in name
only, he soon saw through the facade of the system
and realized that only Lee Galloway could make him-
self a success. Grades, rank, and social position did
not interest him and he looked for something more
important, a search for a basic truth through experi-
ence, meeting people, touching the world, and endless
exploration. His caustic tongue has not endeared him
to his enemies and seldom to his friends, but his
forthrightness has never been doubted. Never will he
allow something he disagrees with go unchallenged. If
success is to be judged in terms of the outside world,
Lee will fall dismally short, but that doesn't faze Lee
in the least for when has Lee ever cared what others
have thought of him?
Philip Graham Gardner
English, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student,
Distinguished Academic Student, Who's Who, Rat Swim-
ming, Hop Committee — Business Manager, Ring Com-
mittee—Chairman, 10-6-30 Club, Cadet Waiter, Sound-
ing Brass, Rat Tutoring Services.
Out of the depths of that quagmire of South Central
Virginia, otherwise known as Martinsville, Phil "Grease"
Gardner rose to follow in "Gentle Ben's" footsteps at
the Institute. Phil graced the Institute when he drew
from his treasury of Old English in attempting to
describe the nature of the Hokies. Plagued by a
receding hairline, Phil was more than happy to suck
up a hairy 10-6-30 his second class year just a day
before Ring Figure. Phil was finally able to find
himself at Summer Camp: he was named Outstand-
ing Cadet in Company "G" and was given an RA.
Phil finally fell to a hometown girl and began to
settle down. "Godner" got on the move his second
class year and earned the stars he had so striven for.
The move is still on and Phil is bound to get what he
wants, for he has the capacity to excel in the field
he plans to pursue. Best of luck to another grub
private and Brother Rat.
JOSEPH MARSHALL FREY
ARTHUR LEE GALLOWAY, JR.
PHILIP GRAHAM GARDNER
Anthony Bruce Gentile
Economics, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Rat and Varsity
Baseball, Rat and Varsity Football, YRC, Monogram
Club, Ghetto, Cadet Waiter, Italian Club.
From the weight rooms of Clifton Heights to the
weight rooms and the shores of LA Beach of VMI,
Tony has come to possess one of the finest "bods''
at VMI! We are sure Tony Gentile (Gen til'ee), from
South Phillie, will aspire to great heights in life;
about 10,000 feet worth would make Tony really
happy, since he plans on flying.
Many people will remember number 23 going in to
return punts for three years for VMI, and hustling on
and off the field (and also at Zollman's and Pine
Room Parties with Harry).
One can see Tony on May 18, driving off in his new
"Vette," which he has been looking forward to.
To a great guy like Tony, one can only wish the
best of luck in life and a lot of Pizza pie. Incidentally,
VMI hasn't seen the last of the Gentile clan. Watch for
a character named Mark in about five more years.
James Daniel Gibson
Biology, Armor, Pvt., Glee Club, Who's Nobody Club,
Tidewater Club, Chapel Choir.
"What have I done to myself?" This was the lament
heard for four years as Dan suffered through the ex-
perience of a "college" career at the Institute with the
rest of his Brother Rats. On 9 September 1965, as
the Swamp Rat took his first step into the abyss of the
VMI, he began what was to be a four-year residence
in the Valley of Virginia. Even Dan liked it so much
that he spent his summers in the "healthful and
pleasant abode." It was during these "vacations"
that he made his presence felt in the female popu-
altion across the mountain in Lynchburg. A member
of the Blester Brigade, he spent many an eventful
weekend in Richmond, DC, Hollins, Madison, and
the other hot spots in the state.
All his Brother Rats wish Dan the best in all fields
of endeavor. It will be with a touch of sorrow and with
much happiness that he strides through the arch as a
cadet for the last time.
Osceola Plnckney Gilbert, III
Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Cadet Staff, Hop and Floor
Committee, Intramural Council, AFC, YRC, '69 Spirit
It's now after military duty and Pete is certified to
be in his beloved hay. The "rack monster" has never
let him go since he left the metropolis of North
Georgia, Clayton, to enter VMI. Now we have just had
CCQ and it's off to his nightly hang-out — the phone
booth. Who will it be tonight: the girl in South Carolina
or the one in Georgia? It's Pete who is keeping Bell
Telephone in business (or is it his girl in South Caro-
lina with her $300.00 phone bills?) Now that Pete
has talked half the night, he will have to study, as
usual, until three in the morning.
The weekend has finally come and Pete now has
other things to be bothered with (such as the great
buy— his MG). This is the car that performed so well
on the Corps trip and needed only a few repairs.
Can anyone loan Pete $200.00?
All of this is the world of Pete Gilbert, one of the
best liked and most easy-going Brother Rats among
us. Good luck to our Brother Rat from Georgia.
OSCEOLA PINCKNEY GILBERT, III
Michael Anthony Giles
English, Infantry, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student,
Distinguished Academic Student, Varsity and Rat Foot-
ball, Rat Basketball, English Society, Pioneer Invest-
ment Club, Rangers, RDC Representative, Research
Committee — Secretary.
To one who has savored the delight of the history,
economic, and English curricula, the choice of a major
was not easy. For Mike, though, the choice had its
rewards, if it be counted a reward to work every night
after taps on an English Honor paper.
Mike's cadetship has been a continuous striving for
perfection: of body, of mind, and of spirit. Anything
less than total effort is not good enough for a man
who strives with equal ambition to win Ranger stakes,
understand Nietzche, and fulfill his solemn religious
avocation as the Reverend Billy Giles.
The cadet of the sheepish smile, the enigmatic an-
swers, the daily physical fitness ritual, the index card
reminder system, the ubiquitous pipe and voracious
appetite for study — all paradoxical characteristics of
perhaps the most complex personality of the class of
John Patrick Godfrey
Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity Wrestling Man-
ager, ASCE, Baptist Student Union, AFC, Monogram
Club, Who's Nobody Club, Varsity P.X. Team, Cadet
John came to VMI only to find that college life, like
Santa Claus, isn't what it's made up to be. His keen
mind was ready for new thoughts and ideas; in short,
an education. As a frustrated LA, John found being a
CE nice but no real challenge except maybe to an-
chor. He resorted to outside reading of every form to
become one of our most informed B.R.'s. His energies
finally found a worthy outlet during his second class
year when he decided to manage the Wrestling Team.
But, alas, his great potential was still untapped. For
awhile, he looked like he might become one of the
Animals' leading challengers in the pool room. How-
ever, this required effort which he channelled nobly
into another area — the PX. His Junior Year he received
honorable mention as a member of the PX Club. Pres-
ently, he is serving as an Executive Vice-President of
the Club and is expected to step in and fill (overfill)
with ease the shoes of that all time President Emeritus
of the PX Club, Cyrus Kerr Kump. When he finally
leaves these hallowed halls of ivy (and mildew) and
his beloved PX, it is hoped that John will be able to
find an equally challenging outlet and succeed.
Robert Bruce Gregory
Economics, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity Baseball, Pioneer In-
vestment Club, Spirit Committee, Richmond Club.
Leaving those "good things" behind, Bruce entered
the environment for which he has always been des-
tined. Through the years, he has learned to tolerate
the VMI way of life like the rest of us.
At the end of Bruce's rat year, he realized the En-
glish curriculum was not his "type," so he became a
high ranking member of the Economics Romper Room
with all of the prerequisite summer school require-
All who know Bruce well, deeply admire his per-
sonal fortitude, for during his third class year he faced
one of the most demoralizing factors we all must face
in that task of "growing up."
"Spirit" has been the key to Bruce's sincere desire
to support athletics at VMI, and it definitely lends to
his success as a true friend to all those who have
had the pleasure to know him.
As we look into the future, we see wider horizons
for Bruce after leaving VMI. We feel that his en-
deavors and accomplishments will be an assurance of
happiness. We know he will get it.
MICHAEL ANTHONY GILES
ROBERT BRUCE GREGORY
MARK LLOYD GRIFFIN
ROBERT ALLAN HABASEVICH
Clark, New Jersey
Mark Lloyd Griffin
Economics. Armor, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished Military
Student, Rat and Varsity Swimming — Captain, Gen-
eral Committee — Secretary. VIVIIVA — President, Student
Union — Chairman Social Committee, Research Commit-
tee, Aquatics Club, 1969 Automobile Committee, Mono-
Gruff's cadetship has been a well-rounded one and
through his 4 years, he has built many lasting friend-
ships. The Bear is a man of many moods, and who
can forget those dull, gray mornmgs. when they were
greeted with a warm, friendly MMURPHF!! Gruff has
made a point of preventing his cadetship from becom-
ing dull. For example — Ring Figure, when all the pas-
sengers of Gruff's car were asleep, and Gruff joined
them and in the process goosed a turkey truck with
a new car rented from Hertz. His extraneous extra-
curricular activities include the 255 Mad Screamer and
founder and president of the notorious V.A.'s. As Mark
departs VMI we wish him the best of luck, although
his success in life is already assured. The upcoming
year will only see one failure, as Mark loses the great
Robert Allan Habasevich
History. Armor. Pvt,. Sgt., Lt.. Distinguished Military
Student, Who's Who, Rat and Varsity Football, Rat
and Varsity Track, Bomb Staff, Newman Club, Mono-
gram Club, Class Research Committee.
Where's Habby? Did you look on the football field?
How about the track? Goshen? Don't know then.
This was the story of Bob's four year stay at the
Institute. He was on the football field four months
out of the year and the track an equal amount of the
time — excelling in both. When he wasn't setting rec-
ords, Hab could be found in Goshen with whichever
girl happened to be snowed over him at the time.
Habby's effervescent personality has won him many
friends during his cadetship. His door was always open
to friends and strangers if they had a problem or just
wanted to shoot the bull.
Bob distinguished himself in various fields — com-
pany XO, Southern Conference first team football.
Southern Conference Track Champion, Who's Who and
Best of luck to a tremendous Brother Rat who has
a fantastic future ahead of him.
David Brooke Hagan
History, Infantry, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Dean's List, Cadet
Staff, Indoor Track, Rat Cross Country, Newman Club,
IRC. Glee Club.
As I walked into the room I could hear Simon and
Garfunkle on the record player singing "Cloudy" . . .
and noticing only the mirror light on. I turned to leave,
but tripped over a roller skate, fell upon a deflated
medicine ball, and rolled over on a tire iron stuck
through a Yashika, I saw him. There in a corner in a
fetal position amid rubble allowed to accumulate over
four years time, he lay wrapped in a blanket by the
radiator. No doubt he was creating something or re-
covering from an all night battle with books and coke
cans. I thought to leave him a note, and risked the
crawl to his desk. I opened a drawer in search of some
paper. Sure. I found old letters from Radford, a Char-
lie Brown card, a set of chevrons, applications into
PLC's, Navy, and Foreign Legion, and a car registration.
Wrong drawer. The other revealed 109 sheets of scrap
paper covered with introspective observations expressed
in philosophical half prose, a dean's list notice, and
more applications — these to grad school. Try the desk
top ... a sabre stuck into a fruit cake, a hub cap.
and then I read his scribbling on a candy wrapper,
"freedom is realization of self; it's knowing all about
everything inside and writing poetry to the sun." He
then awoke muttering. "What's going on here?" . . .
I thought. Cloudy. Yes. But only for all the years the
sky's been bearing down upon itself.
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Glenn Barry Hammond
English, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Amateur Radio Club-
President, English Society — Treasurer, AFC, Roanoke
Road Runners, Who's Nobody Club.
As a member of the Route 81 Roadrunners Club,
Glenn made constant pilgrimages to that Mecca of
Southwest Virginia and haven to overworked cadets-
Roanoke. In spite of time in the air with the CAP,
through the air with his Ghia, The Blue Max, Glenn
managed to gain fame on the air as the mad punster
of the FM Radio World with WLRJ. Despite the uniform,
Glenn has maintained that he is only on loan to VMI,
and has continued to yukit up even as a member of
that "dry" department of English. Perhaps after his
time in the Air Force with Armed Forces Radio, the
Roanoke Valley will hear again that mood music spe-
cialty and suave voice saying, "This is WLRJ, FM, your
passport to listening pleasure."
Michael Ignatius Hanna, Jr.
Biology, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Academic Student,
Rat Fencing, VAC, Fire Fighters, Covington Club, New-
From the polluted air of Covington, Va., came VMI's
own Arab. Had he been looking for wine, women, and
fancy clothes, he would have gone to Community Col-
lege back home. However, Mike has found them all.
Above all, he has found a true goal in life, medicine,
in which all of us know he will make great contribu-
Being so close to home, Mike took advantage of the
company permit his Rat year and returned not with the
overpowering smell of woodpulp, but alcohol. Not re-
stricting his indulgence to these pleasant drinks, he
snakes quite heavily ... or, better said, others snake
him quite heavily.
The real inspiration in "daggy's" life is his motor-
cycle. He keeps going at VMI by the thought that
riches will bring him a bike that is even bigger and
There just couldn't be a better 'neck to come over
the mountain to VMI.
John Showalter Hardy
Biology, Infantry, Pvt., YRC, AFC, Number 1 Club,
Coming from a VMI family (take that for what its
worth). Chalk found very quickly that he had much to
learn about his new way of life. There were many trips
to the RDC; the resulting confinement and PT's did
much to build his character.
Of course, he didn't realize this his third class year,
and found the going no easier. Easter's 1967 will al-
ways be remembered as a turning point in his life,
thanks to the EC. This year found Chalk as one of the
fortunate ones who left early for summer furlough.
After an extended vacation. Chalk returned to the
Institute and found himself on General Shell's Cham-
pionship ball club alongside roommate T.O.
His first class year was highlighted by moving into
the Ghetto with Omar and Leodus. lone, also entered
Chalk's life this year, and he succumbed to Cupid's
We wish Dr. and Mrs. Chalkman good luck in the
coming years, and who knows, may be the future will
find another Chalk at VMI.
JOHN SHOWALTER HARDY
Michael Vaughn Harper
Mathematics, Infantry, Cpl., Sgt., Capt.— CO Alpha
Company, Distinguished Academic Student, Distin-
guished Military Student, Who's Who, Rat Swimming,
Cadet Staff — Feature Editor, Columnist, Managing Ed-
itor, Rangers — Instructor, Armed Forces Club — Presi-
dent, Sigma Pi Sigma — Treasurer.
When Harper got here, he didn't really know what
VMI was all about. He thought the rat line was a
place you had to walk because you were a freshman —
kind of like hell week. Well, when someone set him
straight, they must have done a good job, because he's
made quite a name for himself in all fields — academic,
military and extracurricular. Among his other accom-
plishments, he managed to room with two CE's and
became a part of the fabulous 198 brain-trust (guaran-
teed to solve any problem or run any show), and he
did listen to his roommates long enough to allow him-
self to be led into a few of the joys of Cadet life such
as Pine Room parties and women. There lies a tale
. . . but . . .
Let it suffice to say good luck, Mike; we'll be read-
ing about you in the newspapers someday — probably
because you'll own them.
Robert Webb Hatch
"Hatchmo" 'The Ostritch" "Spiderman"
History, Armor, Pvt., Rat and Varsity Basketball Man-
ager, Rat Baseball, Fellowship of Christian Athletes,
Ring Figure Committee — Co-Chairman, Floor Commit-
tee, Political Science Society, Pioneer Investment Club,
IRC, Richmond Club, Tidewater Club.
Since "Hatchmo's" journey to the Institute in Sep-
tember of '65, he has had three main objectives:
to remain a private for four years, never to miss a Pine
Room or Zollman's party, and to get a 2.0 average.
During his four years, he has done a good job of ful-
filling these goals.
Webb's Rat year was a typical one — he got shot
down and he flunked chemistry! After a bout with sum-
mer school, he was ready for a good year as a third
classman. He promptly found a new home at the Pine
Room, and he was also dubbed with the nickname
"The Ostritch" by the boys in 339.
His second class year was highlighted by Ring
Figure, long distance phone calls to Longwood, and the
trip to Nassau. It was while he was at Nassau that
Hatchmo had his "finest hour" when he and some of
the boys went to The Conchshell!!!!!!
Webb's first class year was preceded by an "out-
standing" summer in Richmond at U. R. summer
school. His first class year has been his best both
academically (he finally got his 2.0) and socially. We
are sure this is just a sign of better things to come
and he'll be a success in whatever profession he ulti-
mately decides to enter — coaching, law, or business.
Best of luck to a true brother rat.
Allen Ray Hawkins
Civil Engineering, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military
Student, Dean's List, Varsity Basketball, Rat Basket-
ball, Rat Baseball, ASCE, Pioneer Investment Club,
Hawk chose the VMI way over the chaste and serene
life of U.Va. and undoubtedly has come to a pinnacle
not only as a friend, but as a student. One of the few
boys to date the same girl for four years, "Baby Ray"
has managed to overcome trauma after trauma and
successfully land the lucky girl in "Coo City." Hawk
has always carried with him the distinction of being
"Mr Soul," and it was a common sight to see him
leading his apostles in the action at either the Pine
Room or Zollman's. Hawk's finest hour came when he
was recognized by Wilson Pickett as a "man with
soul." Their duet of "A Land of a Thousand Dances"
will long be remembered. Allen will enter the Corps of
Engineers after graduation and then will aim at a
bridge construction linking the United States and
Europe. With his talent and personality, his success
is a sure bet.
ALLEN RAY HAWKINS
Robert Alan Heely
Civil Engineering, USMC, Cpl.. Sgt-, Capt— CO Cliariie
Company, Who's Who, Rat Wrestling, Rat Baseball,
ASCE— President, Glee Club— President, Tidewater
Club, Ring Figure Committee.
Bob is the only man to walk in the rain and never
get wet. His phenomenal luck has been the trademark
of his cadetship. Who else could be caught by KKD,
boneri by the Eagle, and never sae his name come up
on the bone sheet?
But what else can be expected from a man who
came to VMI knowing the "Spirit" and the inscription
on the parapet. However, as much as Bob knows about
the Institute, there are still a few things he doesn't—
like how to walk PT's, sign the confinement sheet or
find his name on the excess sheet. The only PT he
ever received he cheered off at a rat football game.
And who is the only Cadet Captain welcome in the
Ghetto? Who inspects more haircuts than the Regi-
His evening CQ sing-a-longs have been the nemesis
of more than one OD. Let anyone, anywhere, just ask
him the lyrics to a song, no matter how old, and he
will readily supply them.
Lewis Davenport Henderson, Jr.
Biology, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Regimental Opns.
Sgt., Distinguished Military Student, Rangers, YRC, AFC,
1969 Insurance Committee, Outstanding Ranger In-
structor, Cross Country Gun and Hiking Club.
"I'll be glad when this freshman orientation is over
next week and we get out of the Rat Line." Seven
months later "the nose" was still following the stoop
rail to his dyke's room. The next year found our hero
with all of the privileges of a third classman, includ-
ing his first special report: "Operating a POV on the
Post at Ft. Knox and running the block with two of
Ft. Knox's finest WAC's." Next year it was "Wearing
civilian clothes in Lexington."— signed: The Eagle.
Each year Lew found a new girl, each one a little
better than the last. A final academic push (his third
consecutive summer school) has put the taste of grad-
uation on his lips and an all-the-way R.A. future in
his goal column.
Thomas Edward Hickman
"Bulldog" "Hick" "Buck"
History, Infantry, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished Military
Student, Lacrosse— Captain. Rat Swimming, Glee Club,
Rangers, FTX Committee Head, Fire Fighters, Cadet
Union Recreational Committee— Co-Chairman, Wesley
Foundation, Bomb Staff— Assistant First-Class Editor.
From just outside Pigtown in Southwest "Balamer,"
came this vicious historian to lead the local rabble in
beating their M-l's into Lacrosse sticks. Soon his in-
terest spread to other vistas— Johnny's, Doc's, the C.I.,
Radford, Madison. Hollins, victory after victory. Even
the math department fell after two summers. Being
one of that distinguished lot who chose girls above
grades, late study became his secret to success. Al-
though having a half private, half ranker attitude, the
Commandant made Tom a lieutenant after busting him
three times. Tom even holds a barracks record, run-
ning from the DC. three times and never getting
caught. A loyal brother rat since the day he walked
through Jackson Arch, Hick shares a popularity with
his classmates that few achieve in their four years at
LEWIS DAVENPORT HENDERSON, JR.
THOMAS EDWARD HICKMAN
SAMUEL PAGE HIGGINBOTHAM, II
IVIICHAEL ROY HILL
Samuel Page Higgrnbotham, II
"Sammy" "Higgy" "Butham"
History, Artillery, Pvt.
Hailing from Orange County, Virginia (wherever that
is) and being a true soldier of the South, Sammy came
to the VMI to further indulge himself in the deep
traditions of the Confederacy. Although disillusioned,
Sammy has stucli it out for four years and has beeri
a true Brother Rat in the real tradition and a charter
member of club 168. Having to put up with a fluctuat-
ing love life and a deep resentment of the U.S. Army,
Sammy has nevertheless turned out to be a good and
typical E Company private. Avoiding all authority and
taking no head from anyone, he is destined to go a
long way; but we don't linow where. However, we wish
him all the luck in the world and hope he makes it.
Michael Roy Hill
Biology, Air Force, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Judo VAS
IVIike came to VMI with a positive attitude. He
worked harder than most cadets and stayed out of
academic trouble as much as possible, while maintain-
ing high military standards. He has overcome many
cbstacles at VMI as a result of his ambition and dedi-
cation. It is certain that he will conquer more chal-
lenging goals in the future (medical school), as he
develops himself into a practicing surgeon. IVIike is
well liked and respected, as the men on the Judo team
will tell you. He is rather quiet and lets his accom-
plishments speak for him. Few cadets make it through
VMI without complaining, and Mike is one of them
We wish him the best of luck in medical school and
with his other plans for the future.
DONALD HAIG HINSHELWOOD, JR.
Donald Haig HInshelwood, Jr.
"Big D" "Don"
Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity Indoor Track, Cadet
Battery, Religious Council, Episcopal Chaplain's Com-
mittee, Glee Club, Richmond Club, GAS.
He sells typing paper to his roommates. He rents
pencils by the hour. He charges interest on loans from
a dime up— compounded daily. Who is he? No, he's
not the P.X. Pirate. He makes a tri-annual pilgrimage
to the Fourth Stoop selling "letters to home" and
comes back $40 richer every time. He has written such
classics as VMI for Fun and Profit, Why I Switched to
Economics or I'd Rather be Rich than a Doctor, and
the best selling They Called Me Hinshelstein. No, he's
noi the famous economist Adam Smith. He's kind and
considerate, he rarely angers, never stops smiling. He
is the epitome of a good and true friend. Yes, you're
right this time. He could only be the Big D. For the
past three years I've been thankful that there was
only one, for there's not enough money in my wallet
nor appreciation in my heart for more.
Raymond Roy Hitchcock
Electrical Engineering, Infantry, CpL, Sgt., Capt.—
Regimental S-4, Distinguished Military Student, IEEE,
Rangers, AFC, Northern Virginia Club, PT's.
Transition is an often slow, and sometimes painful
process. Jim's transition from a "bucking" Rat to the
Regimental Staff involved a three year climb, during
which he has exhibited considerable devotion to VMI's
military aspects. As he moved up in rank from corporal
to sergeant, and from sergeant to captain, a point of
view emerged which is often absent in the personality
of the high-ranking cadet officer. Rather than ruth-
lessly exercising his authority, Jim has tempered his
power with understanding and humor, in a combination
which often has produced the desired result with little
pain for all concerned. This transition has also evinced
and further developed Jim's personality. His naturally
aloof attitude, quick wit, and necessary sternness have
produced a pleasing synthesis and will serve as excel-
lent credentials in his service career.
Though the climb was long and painful, filled with
skirmishes in the M.E. and History departments, per-
haps there was no transition at all. Jim's qualities
were there all along. The transition was in us dis-
Robert Charles Hixon, Jr.
Civil Engineering, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Rat Wrestling.
Rat Baseball, ASCE, Scuba Club, Aquatic Club,YRC,
Soccer, Northern Virginia Club, Fire Fighters.
"VMI . . . looks like Alcatraz, not a chance." 9
Sept. 1965, "Here I am . . . Why?" March, a Rat no
more, real freedom . . . heh hehl! September, A clean
slate with 3V's and a Q. Midwinters brings a computer
date. Wow! Academics become a struggle for survival.
Finals — run the block, close, never again. Ring Figure
looming closer, while money fades. A new sport . . .
Soccer ... a star is born. Richmond brings a soggy
disaster. Spring furlough depicts the good life . . .
Lexington-Bristol-D.C.-Colorado for skiing ... all in
thirty-one hours. Back to VMI and exams, but exams
bring Finals. The start of summer brings new joy . . .
until summer school starts. Still time for a dull party
leading to an all-night drive to the beach to see the
To a true friend, always ready and capable of taking
on a new problem or adventure. We must say thanks
and good luck!
Jay Josef Hoenig
Civil Engineering, Armor, Pvt., Cpl., Distinguished Ac-
ademic Student, Rat Baseball, ASCE Civil Shaft— Editor,
Assistant Manager — Post Exchange, Rat Tutoring, Fire-
fighters, Who's Nobody Club — Secretary-Treasurer, DMS.
Smiling, laughing, talking, thinking, seriously work-
ing, fun-loving; a boy, a man. This is Jay Hoenig, who
can be found any weeknight in room 149 amidst graph
paper, slide rule, and books. His door is always open,
and he's always willing to assist his less astute fellov;
CE's. But all men of business close up shop at regular
intervals; our man is no exception. Dynamic and he-
donistic, he has been known to conquer the hearts of
many a fair lass. At the Pine Room, at Zollman's, at
the Green Valley, anywhere fun-people congregate — he
Is there, playing a leading role in the action. In this
age of competition and uncertainty. Jay is already a
success. He likes people, and they like him. Perhaps
a dreamer, but not an idealist, he lives each minute
of each day and advances upon the broad horizon with
confidence. A loyal brother rat, a true '69 man, the
future will feel his mark. Remember that name: Jay
JAY JOSEF HOENIG
HUGH HARRISON HOPKINS
KENNETH FRANK HOUSTON
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Hugh Harrison Hopltins
Civil Engineering, Air Force, Pvt., Rat Judo, ASCE,
Lutheran Club, Who's Nobody Club, Regimental Band.
In September of '65, Hughie came down out of the
hills to the bustling Metropolis (?) of Lexington. Little
did he know he would love the place enough to stay
the year 'round. In short order he met the Mad Lith-
uanian and was shown yet one more use of the coat
hanger. Time passed and his third class year brought
cold floors and those fights with room 209. That was
an "odd" year with rats down almost every night. His
2nd class year brought a little trouble, his ring, and
much study. He is the only cadet who called home to
have his mother say, "Congratulations, I hear you're
engaged." After being scraped off the ceiling, he final-
ly came out smelling like a rose. For a while there,
though. ... He managed to enter his last year, dis-
cnrolled, of course, not having found "Miss Right," but
still riding high.
Best of Luck, Hugh.
Kenneth Frank Houston
History. Infantry, Pvt., Ring Figure Magazine, AFC,
Civil War Roundtable, "100 PT" Club, Downtown Ath-
letic Club, Cadet Receptionist, Who's Nobody Club.
Many army brats came to VMI in September '65.
Ken did not seem to stand out among them for any
special reason his rat year. Soon, however, he startled
his classmates by completing twelve glorious trips to
the G.C. and the R.D.C. for his misadventures in the
rat line. After he shook off the P.T.'s and confinement
of this feat. Ken began to frequent the hot spots of
Lexington. Every Saturday night during his 3rd and
2nd class years saw him either at Johnny's, Doc's, the
C.I., or even Steve's (with a date, no less!) The girls'
schools suffered no less in his endless searching.
All this changed when Ken became a First Classman.
A desire to learn so that he might enter graduate
school spurred him on to Dean's List grades. Future
responsibilities (including marriage) have brought Ken
to an end of a "raise-hell" cadetship and the future
holds for this firm red-white-and-yellow man many
happy and successful years.
Joseph Shirkey Howard, II
Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Distinguished Academic Stu-
dent, Class Insurance Committee, Class Research Com-
mittee, Library Assistant, IRC, Political Science Society,
AFC, Tidewater Club.
Jos Howard is indeed a strange man, for he has a
double personality, combining the best of all possible
worlds. Turning from visions of R.A. to the studies of
J.M.K., he has achieved an academic excellence which
few can rival. When weekends arrive our man Joe be-
comes Frosty the Snowman, an avid dater, voracious
party goer, and gregarious individual. Joe and his little
red TR have been known to range as far as New York
in search of the good life.
More importantly, however, Joe has always found
time to help a friend, offer sincere advice or just to
say a kind word. Best of luck to you Joe (and we are
sure you will make a big contribution to economics)
and for the happiness of your own little snowflake.
JOSEPH SHIRKEY HOWARD, II
Conway Knox Hubard
Economics, Armor, Pvt., Cpl., Sup. Sgt., Distinguished
Military Student, Pioneer Investment Club— President,
Hop and Floor Committee, Fire Fighters, YRC, Crow's
Hub passed up Virginia because he heard Pine Room
parties were better than frat parties, but one would
hardly say his choice has been regretted. Knox has
taken an active role not only at VMI, but also at othei
institutions in the area. In his quest for knowledge,
he has spent many hours at Liberty Hall, the College
Inn, and the library. Although Knox has done well in
both academics and military, he has never let these
pursuits limit his scope. Besides a long awaited di-
ploma, Knox will take with him many memories (some
pleasant) and numerous friends. As Knox drives off
with his "chauffeur" in the passenger seat and John-
ny's Tennis Shoe on the floor, we hope he doesn't
have a blow-out — or do we?
William Thomas Hudson
"Tommy" "Waterbags" "Bomber"
Economics, Infantry, Pvt., Dean's List, Soccer, Political
Science Society — Treasurer, Hop and Floor Committee,
Spirit Committee, Mad Bombers' Association, Club 138,
Ghetto, Richmond Club, Letcher Avenue Surfing Asso-
X.O.W. came to VMI aspiring to be a great civil engi-
neer. After watching his dyke being swallowed up by
the hay monster every afternoon, he switched to eco-
nomics. This gave him time for other things, like being
one of the charter members of the Mad Bombers'
Association. His second class year came around and it
was time for The Brown Helmet to settle down. Al-
though 237 was a miniature "romper room" and al-
though "Water Bags" became a familiar cry, Tommy
still had time to make the Dean's List. Following in
his dyke's footsteps, he made finals a completely
unique experience. During his first class year, Tom
joined Theta Chi at Richmond and aimed for a place
in law school. Too bad there isn't one near Radford.
With such an easy going, friendly personality, he
will be a success for sure. Good luck, B.R.
Francis Parker Huger
Chemistry, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity and Rat, Wrestling,
Rat Track, Rat Cross Country, ACS, Co. PT Officer,
"HAWG BODY" rings out from the depths of the
Ghetto and there, down the stoop, shuffles the chem-
istry department's favorite son. Frank's unique posture
and his loquacity, (he said 47 words his Rat year)
have made him a well known and popular member of
the Ghetto. Frank's feats of strength have constantly
amazed his roommates. Well remembered is the
famous Huger experiment, with 36 different kinds of
intoxicants, at a Zollman's party his third class year.
Frank has had his share of Wednesday and Saturday
afternoon rifle drill. His great sense of humor and
good nature will impress and win friends wherever he
goes after graduation.
CONWAY KNOX HUBARD
WILLIAM THOMAS HUDSON
FRANCIS PARKER HUGER
James Thomas Hunt
Civil Engineering, Armor, Pvt-, Varsity and Rat Track,
ASCE, Rat Social Committee, Who's Nobody Club,
A red-headed C.E.! With anyone else that would be
two strikes against him. Tom, remarkably, has turned
out to be a nice red-headed C.E. Lost in the bowels
of NEB, he fights a never ending battle against such
monsters as "Thermo" (Shudder), Circuits, etc. Though
academics are the basis of his existence, one cannot
Imagine Tom worrying himself into a nervous, sleep-
less wreck. He manages to release himself into such
relaxing activities as Corps Trips, Zollman's, parties,
etc., and seems to survive quite well.
Tom didn't make a big hit with the rank system
simply because it didn't make a big hit with him. He
is quite content to be a private, and, since privates
are the backbone of the Corps, he is a definite asset.
The future holds more CE-type mysteries for Tom,
but one cannot help but think that they will turn out
all right. He deserves it. Good luck and take care.
James Read Huicheson
History, Armor, Pvt., Rat Cross Country, Indoor Track,
Ghetto, Hop and Floor Committee.
Ole Jimma Read came from Southside Virginia (be
sure to pronounce the V hard) four years ago. It
was love at first sight — he said he'd love to get the
Since then Jimma has adapted very well to the
military way of life. He hasn't given it one thought
since arriving. A charter member of the Ghetto,
Jimma has retained his civilian outlook on life. The
civilian in Jim has carried him far and wide in a
successful search of the finer things in life. All the
women's colleges, especially Sweet Briar, have bene-
fited by Jim's ramblings.
A slow talker with a quick sense of humor, Jim
regularly attends the Pine Room and Zollman's social
functions. He has also attended Prat parties on oc-
casions with Dog and Large Man. He will long be
remembered for his feats at the South Carolina
beaches during the summer of his Second Class year.
Jim's personality, will to win friends, and his
sixth sense, will find him plenty of parties and women
in the future. Good luck, Jim, from all your Brother
Raymond Walter Ihlenburg
Civil Engineering, Armor, Pvt., CpL, 1st Sgt., Varsity
and Rat Rifle. ASCE, Ring Committee, Co-Captain
Rifle Team, Tidewater Club, Class Sweater Committee,
Lorrie, Monogram Club.
It's a long 250 miles from Virginia Beach to
Lexington and the surf's never up on the Maury.
That couldn't be the explanation for the Kraut's
presence at the VMI. He is here and is certainly no
As a Rat, he traded in his surfboard for a target
rifle, NEB, summer schools, and books. Rank came
to Ray only to depart with the receiving of the
number 10 award twice. Once for an outstanding
paper airplane design and again for sportsmanship
on the superball court.
There was a time when it seemed as if Ray would
have to change his major to Math 214, but he
finally left Scott Shipp forever and dwelled in his
After 45 straight months, the Hessian's graduation
is in sight. It will be the result of hard work and
undying determination of the same sort, we are
sure, that will enable him to get all that he wants
... no matter how long it takes.
RAYMOND WALTER IHLENBURG
Virginia Beach, Virginia
John Cabot Ishon
Biology, Artillery, Pvt., AC, Cheerleader, RDC Repre-
sentative, Pioneer Investment Club, Tidewater Club,
On that eventful day in September four years ago,
out of the swamps came our crabber, Botts. Small in
stature, it didn't take him long to fit right into his
new habitat. The perfect Brother Rat to all, he has
supplied our respective stoops with food packages for
the last four years.
A regular member of the summer school corps, John
has quite a way with the women. He has always
managed to have a good-looking date from places
ranging from Virginia to Massachusetts, but never the
same one. The lucky young lady, who captures John
for her man, will make quite a good catch.
We will never forget John's go-get-it academic at-
titude. Whenever we needed him, he was always hid-
den in the Biology Building pondering over a book.
We will never forget John's warm smile and his
genuine concern for his friends. Knowing John has
been our privilege, and we all wish him the best of
luck in his future endeavors.
"Marvelous" "Top Jew"
History, Pvt., Sup. Sgt., Distinguished Military Student,
Dean's List, Who's Who, Varsity and Rat Track,
Bomb — First Class Editor, Religious Council, Monogram
Club, Political Science Society— President, YRC, Spirit
Committee, IRC, Ghetto.
The purpose of VMI is to educate the whole man.
The bulk of us channel our energies into a single field,
but Marv has channeled his massive bulk into a mul-
titude of interests.
His inquisitive nature has delved into the realm of
the Political Science Society (of which he is president),
the Bomb, the International Relations Club, and the
Monogram Club. As a shot putter, he has shown his
progress in the field of athletics. A "nouveau riche"
in the society of rankers, he has, as supply sergeant,
gathered the Rats of "A" Company under his wing.
Despite these myriad activities, he has managed to find
the time to obtain an extensive academic education
A cadet who claims his friends not only among his
own class, but among the entire Corps, Marv's cadet-
ship has been a memorable experience. Next year will
find Marv at law school conquering the new bulk of
challenges before him.
Clyde Jay Jennings
English, Armor, Pvt., Lutheran Club, Rangers, Glee
Club, YAF, YRC, Youth for Nixon, VMI Hiking and Gun
Club, Lacrosse Club, Soccer, OGA.
We found him in many places: New York, London,
Miami, tube room, PX, Pine Room, beneath tanks,
behind bushes and books, in trouble, and in bed. We
saw him do many things, pass trig, play soccer, wait
tables, laugh, get boozed, get out of trouble and bed,
and march in parades. We all know him in different
ways. He defended the system. He defended his
friends. He defended what he thought to be right. And
he defended himself. He was always there when you
needed him, and in the way when you didn't. He
helped when he could, and took nothing. He didn't
cry much, but he was sad a lot. He thought about
girls and beaches, airplanes and crackerjacks. He
thought little about himself. He was good and he was
bad. He made mistakes. He was human, and one of
the few among us to admit it.
In a smaller sense, he was a ranger-airborne-philo-
sophical -left- deviationist -non -conformist -vocal -republi-
can tanker, crossed-trained in English and stamp col-
lecting. He was our Brother Rat. We won't forget him.
CLYDE JAY JENNINGS
William Richard Jeter
"Dick" "Fatback" "Festus"
Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student,
Distinguished Academic Student, Rat Football, Rat
Baseball, Bomb Staff, VAS, Bridge Club, Physical Fit-
ness Officer, Spirit Committee.
If there has ever been anyone who has taken life
at VMI in stride, it is bound to be Dick. Who else
could spend so much time in the "hay," and gain
such an envious list of accomplishments? As the flash
at Amherst County High School, Dick came to VMI
with expectations of being one of the Institute's great-
est, but an injury and a weight problem put a damper
on his plans. His second and third class years were
spent in dedicated study to accomplish his goal of
becoming a doctor. Athletic ability again has entered
the "Champ's" life this year with the thrashing of the
"Chump" on the handball court. Dick has also turned
his attention to the fairer sex as he has made nu-
merous trips to Longwood to see "Fudsy." All of "Fat-
back's" Brother Rats know him as one with a perfect
humor and personality and wish him the utmost suc-
cess as he continues his studies next year at the
Medical College of Virginia.
Stephen Randolph Jones
Biology, Infantry, Pvt., Dean's List, Soccer, All-State
Soccer Fullback, Va., Bomb Staff, ACS, AFC, YRC, '69
Steve came to VMI, like many, with the high hopes
of obtaining that wonderful phenomenon known as
rank. He even made a running effort at it his rat year.
However, three years and thirty pounds lighter, Steve
still remains a private.
In his stay, Steve has ruined Lexington's reputation
as a "Bird Sanctuary," stalking anything with wings.
In between his bird-hunting safaris one could find
Steve making other trips — Alabama, Florida, and South
Carolina. Yes, Steve has that rare ability to pack more
distance into one weekend than anyone. His trips with
his white ducks to the tailor repair shop are as
frequent as his trips to the mail room. Have you
ever received a "Dear Steve" letter? — Steve has re-
In all seriousness, Steve is one of the most devoted
and sincere brother rats that our class could ask for.
With his friendly smile, warm personality and personal
cleanliness, Steve will go a long way.
Thomas Cunningham Jones
Biology, Infantry, Pvt., Dean's List, VAS, IRC, Civil
War Roundtable, Lacrosse Club — Treasurer, YRC, Ap-
Wild and reckless Tom Jones well lives up to the
reputation of his namesake. Tom has found every
possible avenue to trouble at VMI. He almost forgot
what a Corps Trip was. However, most of the time
he has found his way out. "T.C." has been plagued
by many misfortunes such as his halftime entertain-
ment at a parade his rat year where he got the
name "Drip." He is also known for his manual
dexterity in organic lab where he worked amid broken
glass and poisonous fumes. In comparative anatomy
lab he was reknowned for mutilating dead animals.
If there's a party anywhere, chances are T.C.'s
there and in fine form, flying high with the wild
gleam in his eyes.
Fortunately, he has harnessed some of his incredible
energy. Deep within this wildness is a core of gold.
Tom is an idealist who always took the hard courses
to learn. His hard work and intelligence will lead
him to his goal in medicine.
THOMAS CUNNINGHAM JONES
Fairmont, West Virginia
Amo Frank Judd, III
"Ammo" "Turkey Body"
Chemistry, USMC, Pvt., Tidewater Club, ACS, Society
of the Delta's, Ghetto (Associate Member).
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! There he goes again, that
man among men, our own Turkey Body. Where would
a party have been without him? How did the Quad
at U.Va, find its groove? Where would we have been
without his perpetual wit and his "come on make
yourself at home" personality? Why they almost had
to call off a Tidewater Club Party 'cause Amo, that
noble youth, was inconsiderate enough to visit his
grandmother that evening.
Of course, Amo only cavorted in this bawdy fashion
on the weekend, with the first stir Monday morning
we found a new man. He was "only" the 1st. rank-
ing private major in Charlie Company and speaking
of versatility? Why Amo saw service as CO, guidon,
platoon leader and 2nd man 3rd squad with no prior
training. And who kept the ACS fat to the last
kernel but Ice Pick and our own Gobble, Gobble.
A little body contact to perfect the "well rounded"
man? How about his action in Lacrosse, Fencing, and
the unforgettable Spring football season. "Who wants
to play in the fall anyway? You miss all the parties!"
Amo takes with us our fondest regards and we are
sure that happiness and prosperity will become his
way of life.
Walter Talley Judd
Biology, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Sup. Sgt., Head-trainer.
Religious Council, Timmins Society, Baptist Student
Union, Glee Club — Administrative Assistant, Comman-
ders, Biology Lab Instructor, I.G.B.A.
Walt came to VMI prepared to fulfill a destiny of
dating a girl from every campus in Virginia, of be-
coming a "ranker," and of attaining an outstanding
academic record. He's achieved all three, dating
from Mary Washington all the way to Alabama, making
an enviable record as a pseodo-intellectual science
major, and becoming a frustrated ranker as F Com-
pany supply sergeant.
From his "Dear Mr. Judd" letters to his own "little
red haired girl," Walt has been VMI's Public Affairs
Man in charge of Female Relations for four years. In-
structed by "the Beak" his Rat year, he's mastered
the art of dating six girls at once, none of them
knowing about the other. He also learned from Dyke
Beak that the best way to be around here is not
to be around; so he became an athletic trainer and
has been to but two parades since his Rat year.
All Walt's time hasn't been devoted to girls,
athletics, books, and rank, though since he is one
of the most dependable and helpful members of the
class. Given a chance, Walt has always done all in
his power to help his BR's. Give all you've given
here to the future, and it will surely give to you.
Alan Edward Kallski
Mathematics, Artillery, Pvt., Distinguished Academic
Student. Varsity Tennis, Rat Basketball and Baseball,
Monogram Club, YRC.
Four years ago Alan Edward Kaliski came to the
Virginia Military Institute with stars in his eyes,
counting the days till he was to become an officer.
And now, his four years almost gone, the stars in
his bloodshot eyes have disappeared only to reappear
on his sleeves. Instead of counting the days till
commissioning, he is now counting the hours to grad-
uation. Al comes to us from Port Chester Hebrew
School where he was a star athlete and scholar. He
is the second in a long line of Kaliski's tO' attend the
Institute (he promises many more to come) where
he has left his indelible mark, the "Star of David."
Prominent among his many contributions to the VMI
are his academic stars, 2 years on the varsity tennis
team, and his ability to fill in as an excellent sub-
stitute cadet waiter for his roommate. Al, in his short
stay here, has made countless friends, all of whom
wish him well in the years to come.
AMO FRANK JUDD, III
ALAN EDWARD KALISKI
Port Chester, New York
I ORVILLE WAYNE KEESEE
1 Lynchburg, Virginia
JOHN WILLIAM KENNEDY
Orville Wayne Keesee
History, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt., Capf.— Battalion Com-
mander, Distmguished Aerospace Student, Dean's
List, Bomb Staff, Rangers, Hop and Floor Committee
New Market Honor Guard, AFC, Contact Committee'
A.F. Commandant's Award, Lynchburg Club.
With grave doubts and misgivings, Wayne entered
that forbidding structure on the Hill on September
9, 1965. After ten minutes of the Rat Line, our hero
realized he was not exactly in Fat City. After enduring
the tortures of the fourth stoop, he decided that the
place wasn't so bad, and that stripes might be a
good thing to have. Scenic mountain tours with the
Rangers program convinced him that his best bet
was to sprout wings. Along with other assorted
stripes and awards accumulated at VMI, Wayne holds
the dubious honor of being the first in the class to
have his Ring Figure date get married. We know not
where his Air Force travels will take him, but we
can be sure that he will be in something that flies.
Best of luck, "Kazoo," and we'll see you back in
Alumni Hall, through a bottle.
John William Kennedy
"Jack-Rat" "Jacque Kennoody" "Hot Dog"
Civil Engineering, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Lt., Who's Who,
Varsity Wrestling — Co-Captain, Soccer — Co-Captain, Rat
Swimming, Rat Soccer, Rat Baseball, ASCE, Civil Shaft,
Honor Court, Class Committee — Co-Chairman, Mono-
gram Club— President, Athletic Council, Northern Vir-
Despite the admonitions of his older brother. Jack
intrepidly entered the Institute. He soon adjusted to
the VMI system, and adeptly selected his roommates
for his third-class year.
Jack's broad interests, coupled with his personal
sincerity, have enabled him to excel in a variety of
extra-curricular activities. Not only has he been a
"good guy-type" cadet officer, but also an outstanding
athlete, co-captaining two varsity sports.
Jack's desires and goals in regard to his academic
calling have made his face a familiar one in the
Barracks' study room in the wee hours of the morning.
Jack's desires and goals in regard to the opposite sex
have made his face a familiar one in the Barracks'
study room in the wee hours of the morning.
Respected by his Brother Rats, Jack is one of
those cadets who has given more to, and will carry
more away from, VMI than any diploma is capable
Electrical Engineering, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Distin-
guished Academic Student, Soccer, IEEE, Sigma Pi
Sigma, Religious Council, Glee Club.
Out of the Far East came a phenomenon short on
height, but long on brains. This phenomenon came
to VMI in '65 and quickly became known as the
"K." "K" immediately showed himself to be a
superior student. It took three years for him to get
his academic stars only because of his LA courses
which would be a trifle difficult for any Thai. The
stars are only small visible tokens of the diligent
effort he has put into his work to make himself
the top ranking EE of the Class of '69. As the
Inscription on the Parapet goes, he is "a gratifying
spectacle, and an honor to" the Institute and his
Patrick Desmond King
Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished
Military Student, Dean's List, Cadet Staff— photogra-
piier. Bomb staff — pfiotograpfier and Art Director,
Baptist Student Union, Religious Council, Cadet Bat-
tery, Ring Figure Magazine — photograpfier. Biology
"King P.D., Lynchburg, Va. Sir!" were Pat's first
official words as a cadet on that wonderful day we all
know and remember well. 9 September 1965.
It didn't take long after matriculation for Pat to
pick up such code names as PD, or more affectionately
Sweet Pea. Although he was a fine clarinetist in the
band, the powers that were saw fit to remove him
from the ranks of music-makers and give him a sabre.
Besides being a leader in the band, Pat has also led
the Bomb Staff as Director of Photography and is
known by his Photography Staff as "the old master,"
the blame for many of the pictures In this Bomb is
therefore his own.
Pat, I speak for all of our Brother Rats when I say
I hope you attain your goal of M.D. Best of luck,
we know you will do well.
Paul D. Kowalski
English, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt„ 1st. Sgt., Rat Fencing,
Timmins Music Society, Glee Club, Rangers, Who's
Paul entered VMI with the goal of flight surgeon's
wings at the culmination of his academic career. The
Biology Department convinced him, however, that the
best road to medical school was through the English
curriculum. In addition to keeping his head above
water in his new department, Paul simultaneously
fulfilled the requirements in chemistry and biology,
prerequisite for medical school acceptance. Paul's life
was further complicated by the trials of the rank
system at VMI. One of the most made and unmade
rankers In our class, Paul spent equal time sewing
on and cutting off stripes. Abdicating from the re-
sponsibilities inherent In rank so he would have more
time to devot3 to academics and the finer things of
life, Paul has the dubious distinction of being the
first First Class sabre-bearer to bust himself this year.
All of us hope that Paul's unbridled optimism will
remain with him as he strives for acceptance to
medical school and enters the long hard grind of
John Michael LaMar
History, Infantry, Pvt., Dean's List, Rat Cross Country,
Rat Indoor Track, Ghetto, Ring Figure Committee, Hop
and Floor Committee, Who's Nobody Club, Fire
Mike came to VMI with the illusion of being a
Marine, but this Idea soon fled from his imagination.
After running rat track he gave that up too, and
settled down to the Ghetto way of life. Partying
smoothed his mind out, and Ruthle entered the scene.
Her Influence should not be underestimated, because
without her, Mike has been known to do some un-
believable things — like falling off the closed gates at
He is a charter member of two exclusive clubs,
the Central Lunch, and Mrs. Lee's. The latter is
more important to Mike and he can usually be
located there on most Saturday nights enjoying the
good Southern hospitality.
Four years at VMI have given Mike time enough
to make plans for the future. Best of luck to a
colorful member of the Ghetto from the Class of '69.
JOHN MICHAEL LaMAR
Falls Church, Virginia
Walter Cammack Laundon
Mathematics, B.S., Infantry, Pvt., Sup. Sgt., 1st Sgt.,
Distinguished Military Student, Dean's List, Cadet
Guides— Manager, Cadet Receptionist, Young Republi-
cans, AFC, Political Science Society, IRC, Tidewater
Club, Fire Fighters, RDC Representative.
On 9 September 1965, a Rat entered VMI who,
with assistance from his dyke, a past master at the
game, was able to remain anonymous for four years
despite the handicap of an obvious white sling on
his twice dislocated elbow. The only significant event
was a fishing trip in May which netted a last minute
Finals date. The next year saw an increasing number
of dates and a decreasing GPA. Ring Figure found
him happy, drunk, and pinned. Lightning struck sec-
ond semester and our hero jumped from a 2.0 to
Dean's List. His first class year brought the long
awaited rank and good grades. Also, there was the
interesting game of two VMI roommates vs. two
Sweet Briar sisters. The future may bring the Army,
graduate school, or anything, but we're sure it will
Robert Charles Leibecke, Jr.
History, Armor, Pvt., Sgt., Distinguished Military Stu-
dent, Dean's List, Rat Rifle Team, ROTC Scholarship,
Rangers, Young Republicans, Tanker Platoon, AFC,
Automobile Committee, Firefighters.
On September 9, 1965 a somewhat anxious rat
walked through Jackson Arch, unknowing of the con-
sequences of the next four years at VMI. Through trial
and tribulation he braved the elements until he finally
mastered the methods of getting through the system.
As a Ranger his third class year. Bob kept everyone's
spirit. On that cold rainy night in November Bob's ex-
quisite "oratory" kept everybody warm, and his "super
military" attitude saved the day.
Bob's personality, hard work, and devotion to his
brother rats have gained him their respect. Sometimes
witty, sometimes serious. Bob has always been the type
of guy whose company everyone enjoys.
Right now a DMS, a regular commission, and a
hopped-up Mustang are waiting.
Good luck. Bob, from the B.R.'s of 1969.
Lawrence Richard Lenz
History, Armor, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Distinguished Military
Student, Distinguished Academic Student, Who's Who,
Cadet — Business Manager, Ring Figure Magazine —
Business Manager, Hop and Floor Committee — Treasur-
er, Lutheran Club, Rat Swimming.
Larry's four years at VMI have given him success in
many areas. Rank, however, cannot be included among
these since his ranking career was terminated by a
"Good-To-Me" deal a week before Ring Figure. Larry
found his "true love" in the summer of 1966, the
spring of 1968, and again in the summer of 1968. He
has developed a variety of interests (i.e. making
money, reading, watching the Dean Martin Show mak-
ing a lot of money, surfing, jogging, making a whole
lot of money).
We are confident that Larry's interest and talents
will carry him a long way. We wish him the best of
luck in his endeavors. . . . It's been a hell of an
experience knowing you!!!
LAWRENCE RICHARD LENZ
East IVIeadow, New York
George William Lester
Electrical Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Rat Fencing, IEEE,
Civil War Roundtable, Young Republicans, Ghetto.
George Lester, VMl's man from Waynesboro, has
made a lasting and profound impression on all those
who have known him at the Institute. Quite an out-
spoken young man. George is a confirmed "Rebel"
and Southern patriot who never hesitates to voice his
opinions, however loud his voice may be!
Since his first day at the Institute, this champion of
freedom has had but one goal — to get out! Somehow
one gets the impression that VMI and George just
weren't made for each other. However, George has
that "never-say-die" will to win that will give him a
coveted EE degree, along with plenty of vengeance to
reek upon the world. Only two things will stymie this
man's unconquerable spirit: a bottle of bad whiskey
or a good woman.
We are looking forward to hearing from George in
the future; nobody could ever miss that voice!
James Wilson Long, Jr.
"Jimmy" "Maverick" "Chops"
Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Soccer, Varsity Tennis, Var-
sity Wrestling— Manager, Ring Figure Committee, Spirit
Committee, Roanoke Club, Pioneer Investment Club,
Rat Social Committee.
"About that hair!" Rankers have forgotten Jimmy's
name; the only thing they can think of is his hair. But
Jimmy can't be bothered by such nonentities as rank
ers; he likes women. In this vein he has been spending
much of his free time cavorting throughout Virginia
However, one must be in good physical condition to
cavort every weekend, and no one participates in more
sports than Jim. He managed the wrestling team, was
ball boy for the tennis team, and out-of-bounds-ball
getter for the soccer team, not to mention always run-
ning from tac officers. Of course, the shape he is in
is a little reminiscent of a balloon, but women love it.
So as Jim prepares to leave VMI we don't wish him
luck — he needs none. Rather, we pray for the mercy
for the working women, an untapped reservoir for the
Blind Sun God (Heavyweight Class).
Henry Christian L'Orange
History, USMC, CpL, Sgt., Capt.— Regimental Com-
mander, Distinguished Academic Student, Dean's List,
Who's Who, Rangers, Rhodes Scholar Nominee, Ring
Figure Committee, Contact Committee, Fire Fighters,
Library Assistant, Glee Club, AFC, IRC, USMC Com-
mandant's Trophy. 1957 and 1968, Daughters of the
American Revolution Award, Reserve Army Officer's
It would be absurd to list all of Chris' accomplish-
ments. Everybody already knows that he's been a
Dean's List Student since those carefree Rat days. We
were not surprised either when he got those mustard
stains on his sleeves (which are known as academic
stars). Who could guess that this mild-mannered stu-
dent was a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool, 100°'», gung-ho
Marine? Are there shudders of disbelief? It's true —
Chris whipped the Marine Corps into the same shape
as his VMI academics. And this quality — rock-hard
dedication — is, perhaps, the answer to Chris' success.
He can't just do Something: It has to be done well.
Sometimes we feel that the best is not good enough
for our Marine Corps taskmaster who shoulders the
burden of R.C. Inheriting an office that was traditional
ly looked upon as unfeeling and harsh, Chris surprised
everybody with his totally unique innovations. As R.C.
he unselfishly acted as the Corps' spokesman m mat-
ters both trivial and serious. Time and again, he has
demonstrated his leadership ability in putting the
Corps' interest above his own. There is no need to
wish this serious and dedicated man luck in the future.
Quite simply, he has what it takto.
GEORGE WILLIAM LESTER
JAMES WILSON LONG, JR.
HENRY CHRISTIAN L'ORANGE
HAYWARD DOUGLAS LUCKEH, III
JOSEPH GERARD LYNCH
Hayward Douglas Luckett, III
Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Dean's List, Varsity
Tennis, Rat Track, Cadet Staff, ASCE Civil Shaft, ASCE,
Deep South Club, Rat Math Tutoring Program.
"Pass the bread, pass the peas, pass the meat, pass
the potatoes, pass everything , . ." Yes. VMI's version
of a cross between Hoss Cartwright and Cool Hand
Luke's stomach is embodied in Doug, "the bottomless-
pit" Luckett (Commonly known as money bags-heir to
the longest railroad wealth in the South). In between,
between meal snacks, Doug divides his time between a
certain girl and studies, but it wasn't always that way.
The Scwanna Rat used to be plagued by home town
girls, but now he's found that girls of the mid-south
have a lot more to offer (or the other way around).
Doug discovered the Dean's List after a long struggle
with Scooter Knapp, Hondell, "Ho-Ho" Dobyns, and the
boys in the CE Department.
In the social arena, never one to admit that he is
really a cadet, Doug embodies the civilian spirit. Who
else would wear matching socks-pants-shirt-sweater &
tie just to go to Goshen?
Doug also plays a mean game of tennis and hits a
hell of a good golf ball. We wish Doug, the cleanest
guy in barracks, the best of luck.
Joseph Gerard Lynch
History, Air Force. Cpl., Sgt., Lt.. Dean's List. Who's
Who, Bomb Staff— Editor-in-Chief, 1969 Bullet— Co-
Editor, Handbook for Entering Cadets — Co-Editor, Pub-
lications Board, Class of 1969 Research Committee,
Contact Committee, VMI Commanders, Soul Kings, As-
sociation of Sleepy History Majors, Late, late Catholic
Church, The Drummer.
Anyone can review Joe's record and recognize the
obvious qualities behind his success. However, most of
us know that black type and white paper will never
spell out the qualities that have made him more than
a mere story of success. He was never a status seeker,
though status he received. A philosopher he was not,
but rather, he combined an acute sense of perception,
understanding, and honest introspection to reach into
both people and things.
But to cloud his history with implications of perfec-
tion would be unforgivable. Joe was as human as
Darwin would allow, and had his misgivings with na-
ture like the rest of us. We will remember the philo-
sophical drunk at parties, the long-haired ranker who
was always a little late, the perpetual sleeper who
could accomplish the impossible without waking up,
and the remarkable procrastinater who could finish a
semester's work in two nights ... the two nights
preceding the final.
We have no doubt that he will succeed in law school
and whatever afterwards.
Gary Willard Mackey
"Gary" "Cookie" "Holey Ho"
Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., CpL, Varsity and Rat
Football, Rat Track, ASCE, General Committee — Mem-
ber at Large, Class Committee, Tidewater Club — Vice
President, Sultan of Barracks, IGBA, Monogram Club,
Gary Willard fVlackey entered VMI a beaten man, re-
jected by Davidson. Gary decided to rally from this
disappointment and set about doing just that. After
spending a successful Rat year by avoiding all the
usual harrassments designed to instill discipline and
character, Gary's moment of glory arrived; he found
himself a corporal! Disillusionment followed quickly
but not even this could subdue Gary who carried on
by turning his attention to the business world.
Socially Gary has been an instant success. Always
polite, mild mannered, never boisterous or crude, and
introducing a relaxed and carefree atmosphere wher-
ever he happened to be. A summer school standout,
thanks to Pabst Blue Ribbon and Major Dalgo, Gary
added much to the Goshen Pass landscape and rep-
In the future one can only guess how far Gary will
go, but undoubtedly it will be very far. Good luck,
GARY WILLARD MACKEY
Geddes Fredwell MacLaren
Economics, Armor, Pvt., Cpl., Distinguished Military
Student, Dean's List, Ring Figure Magazine, Pioneer
Investment Club, IRC, Civil War Roundtable, Tanker
Platoon, AFC, Political Science Society, Pistol and Rifle
Club, Maine Club— President, Economics Dept.— Cadet
Assistant Economics and Computer Science Tutor,
VMI rarely attracts the hardy inhabitants of Maine's
North Country. Should the occasion arise, the result
is unique. Geddes has proved to be a staunch defender
of New England's traditions, while at the same time
becoming easily accustomed to the ways of the South-
erner. From the day he matriculated, getting the most
out of VMI has been his motivating force. His high
standing in the Economics and Military Science De-
partments, participation in numerous extra-curricular
activities, while maintaining consistent Dean's List
grades, renders evidence to the successful attainment
of this goal. Geddes, however, has never let this goal
interfere with his deep religious convictions and his
willingness to lend a listening ear or give a word of
Though the future is uncertain, undoubtedly Geddes
will be successful in any field of endeavor if he con-
tinues to maintain the qualities that he has demon-
strated throughout his cadetship.
Norman Wayne Maddox
Mathematics, Air Force, Pvt., Rat Track, Glee Club,
Who's Nobody Club, Dean's List.
It has been four years since that boy from the out-
skirts of Lynchburg came to VMI. "Oogie" must have
been a lifeguard that summer because his neck cer-
tainly was red.
"Oogie," or "Herman," as he prides himself in being
called, definitely hasn't led a hum-drum life at the
Institute. From his Rat year, when he used to have the
"fellas" over after taps to watch the late movie, until
his senior year, he has managed to get into interest-
ing situations. Carrying on in the footsteps of his
dykes. Bland and Co., Oogie has slept every afternoon
and taken late study "most every night." What other
Math major took two foreign languages at once (En-
glish and French), and who else had a dyke his rat
and 3rd class year? He knew the only way to go was
as a private, but spent $19.25 his junior year in a
two week long attempt to get rank.
Let us hope that maybe this friend to all has de-
cided to settle down, and that he doesn't ever change.
Henry Van Maeger
Economics, Armor, CpL, Sgt., Lt. — Battalion S-4, Dis-
tinguished Military Student, Varsity and Rat Swimming.
Once the initial shock of matriculation had worn off,
"Maeg" settled down in pursuit of athletic, military,
and academic achievement. With two varsity swimming
letters, a battalion staff position, and a "Respectable"
average in a difficult curriculum, "Maeg's" efforts have
not been in vain. But most of us will remember Van
Maeger for his remarkable number of good looking
weekend dates, and his "Scotch-loving" disposition.
For Van the future holds an RA, and if we don't run
into him in a rice paddy somewhere in Southeast Asia,
we hope we can see him back in Alumni Hall. Good
luck. Brother Rat.
NORMAN WAYNE MADDOX
HENRY VAN MAEGER
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MICHAEL HARVEY MAGUIGAN
JULIAN NEVILLE MAJOR,
Front Royal, Virginia
GARY HAROLD MARKET
Michael Harvey Maguigan
French, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Football, Varsity
and Rat Track, Student Union Recreational Committee
Chairman, Varsity Club, Thorne Hill Estates.
Horrible Harve came up from Chester (Dog Patch)
known as the voice of Corner Pyle. Aspiring to become
a doctor, Mike chose to major in Biology, but as in
everything else, his hands got in his v<ay. So now,
Harvey is the only six-foot-two-inch, two-hundred-
fifteen-pound French major. "He's really a pretty nice
fella." Mike also plays a pretty fair game of football
and has helped to pile honor on the "Big Red."
But all this is merely a side light to Mike's most il-
lustrious claim to fame, his nocturnal meanderings.
No one questioned why screens were put in all of
Barracks after Mike's "Rat Year." The yell of Mike
jumping through barracks windows was enough to war-
rant screens. All of Barracks has been awakened at
one time or another to the cry of SNAKE.
Julian Neville Major, III
Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Distinguished Military Stu-
dent, Rat Basketball, Rat Golf, Pioneer Investment
Club, Political Science Society, Northern Virginia Club.
Redskin Club, Fearless Football Prognasticators, PX
President, Bridge Club, Spirit Committee, I.G.B.A.
Neville's overall reaction to the four year experience
of VMI is somewhat unique, for since the day of his
matriculation, he has been able to totally absorb the
pressure of VMI's system. Neville employs the "What,
me worry?" attitude and this strict unemotional ap-
proach to problems seems to buffer all their accom-
panying pressures. However, his unemotional attitude
does not imply any laziness, for Neville is an enthusi-
astic participant in national politics, sports analysis,
and a very emotional member of the Redskin Club. He
has also distinguished himself as a member of the
Pioneer Investment Club, even though the main thrust
of his extra curricular activities are channeled into his
awesome role as President of the Post Exchange. It
can only be speculated what his responsibilities in that
position may be. In any event it is time consuming.
Nevertheless, Neville looks forward to a period of
relaxation after graduation but he is complicating his
rehabilitation by a June marriage. Neville, though lit-
erally a "sleeper," has a high degree of personal pride
and has a very bright future ahead. He's a man with
a plan — Best wishes!
Gary Harold Market
History, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Dean's List, Varsity
and Rat Tennis, YRC, Publications Board, Student
Union Board, Glee Club, IRC, Political Science Society,
Research Committee, Cadet Receptionist, I.G.B.A.
Kind, friendly, pleasing, courteous . . . wait a min-
ute, just whom are we talking about here? Low, cutting,
loud, opinionated? No, not exactly that either. Some-
where between these two extremes is our Gary. As it
turned out he is closer to the first type. One of the
last bastions of decency in barracks, Gary managed to
keep his head while all about him were losing theirs.
Which is not to say the kid didn't have a way with
girls; Margaret, Kathy, Gail, and Marianne can attest
to that. Why do you think he became President of the
Young Republicans? To have more parties, of course.
When Gary wasn't singing in the Glee Club, stump-
ing for Nixon, performing the duties of a lieutenant,
serving on the Publications Board, or making up new
rules for the student government (research committee),
he found time to make the Dean's List. Whew! All that
and he could speak two ways. Every happiness to this
well-liked Law School aspirant and may he make his
last mark with a check.
Paul Douglas Camp Marks, Jr.
Civil Engineering, Armor, Cpl., Sgt., U.. Distinguished
Military Student, Rat Football, Rat Wrestling, ASCE,
Ciuil Shaft— Reporter. Wesley Foundation, Hop Com-
mittee. Fire Fighters, 1969 Finance Committee, "F
Doug has experienced a great many changes of heart
during his four years here. After his Rat year, Doug
was determined to be counted among the elite of the
Corps ... as a private. However, a stray set of stripes
trapped him and destroyed this noble ambition.
We can safely say, however, that despite this shatter-
ing experience, beneath that "rank" exterior beats the
heart of a private.
In Doug's four years here, he had planned on a
short engagement ("Christmas our first class year"),
but once again he was overcome by a force beyond his
control— Diane! After becoming engaged his second
class year, Doug spent a fun-filled summer at Indian
town Gap and VMI summer school. Upon return in the
fall, though, he had to give up all this fun when his
fiancee came to live and teach in Lexington. During his
entire first class year, he had to suffer through seeing
her every single weekend. We all know how trying it
must have been on him and we wonder at his courage.
We wish Doug and Diane the best in their future,
and at least two children — named after us.
Paul Jay Mascot
History. Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Dean's List, Varsity Rifle
Team, English Society. IRC, YRC. SCUBA Club, F Troop,
Auto Committee Chairman, Texas Club, Who's Nobody
Paul Mascot, winner of the Herbie P. Adderly Award
for most attempted transfers, has been somewhat less
than enthusiastic about the VMI system. He just hasn't
been able to feel the ecstasy of having well-shined
shoes or the pleasure of making a rat totally miser-
able. Dedicating himself to learning, having a good
time, cultivating friends, and pointing out the Insti-
tute's countless absurdities, he has never been
quite able to adjust. With a few more people like
Paul, it is even possible that VMI might enter the
A renowned foreign traveler always ready for new
knowledge, Paul is planning a six week trip to Indian
Town Gap this summer. He now is going with a
young lady who, he says, is a real "humdinger." He
eventually wants to attend law school and then go into
politics. Hoping to be President one day, he swears
that he will have the Institute burned down and the
ground sown with salt. Good luck, Brother Rat, and
God bless you.
Stevirart Kirk Materne, Jr.
English, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity Tennis— Captain, Varsity
and Rat Track, Cadet Staff— Sports Editor, English
Society, Timmins Music Society, Pioneer Investment
Club— Sec. -Treas., Monogram Club, Head Cheerleader,
Coo City 104.
The Master "breezed" his way through VMI in a
style all his own. Kirky possessed the uncanny ability
of being able to beat the Institute. His large number
of medical furloughs. Cadet furloughs, interview fur-
loughs, and other superfluous permits will be a long-
standing record During our Rat year the female popu-
lation of the Old Dominion suffered along with our
hero, but undaunted. Kirk was soon back in circulation
and has since tried to make it up to the girls. Along
with his carefree spirit and crazy antics, Kirky has his
serious side, and he has made numerous contributions
to VMI life. An avid sports fan, he served as sports
editor for the Cadet, and as head cheerleader he
always tried to keep school spirit at its peak. Kirk was
also a participant in VMI athletics as he captained
the tennis team for an unprecedented two years. Kirk
has set his aims on the business world, and if he
attacks it with the same enthusiasm that he has shown
at VMI he will surely be a success, for "he never met
a person he did not try to like."
PAUL DOUGLAS CAMP MARKS, JR.
PAUL JAY MASCOT
STEWART KIRK MATERNE, JR.
PAUL RICHARD MATHEWSON
Lyndonville, New York
RICHARD ALAN MATTOZZI
San Jose, California
ROBERT CHARLES MAURER
Roslyn Heights, New York
Paul Richard Mathewson
Chemistry, Artillery, Pvt., CpL, Distinguished Military
Student, Dean's List, Varsity Gymnastics, Rat Wrestling,
ACS, Student Union — Financial Chairrran, Glee Club.
"No, you don't seem to understand. Yes Sir, I am a
freshman at this school and you must be one of the
upperclassmen assigned to see that I get adjusted to
life properly here at VMI. Now — there you go again
with that 'Pull your chin in!' I thought I explained
that. All right, I'm pulling my chin, already."
Life at VMI began on a slightly sour note for this
calm, reasoning Yankee. Taught by his brother, a '63
Mink, and influenced by an alumnus, Paul found him-
self at VMI with a slightly false impression of the
Institute. However, these misconceptions were soon
cleared up and he was off to a distinguished cadetship.
First, his academic merit was recognized by the
Ethyl Corporation and he gained possession of their
scholarship. Its previous holder failed out of school.
Seems the scholarship had a curse. Paul managed to
break the curse, making Dean's List his second class
However, his first class year was the height of his
cadetship. He worked his way up to nearly the top of
the Chemistry section and out to Hollins nearly every
So as we depart, to Paul we say, "On to graduate
Richard Alan Mattozzi
"Rick" "Paison" "Hawk Eye"
History, Air Force, CpL, Sgt., Lt., Varsity and Rat Vifres-
tling. Sounding Brass, Fire Fighters, Who's Nobody
Club — President, Intramural Coordinator.
How does a person start out in this world? You
definitely can't start out as a bright new shiny silver
dollar. Every little tarnished penny eventually evolves
into the finished product. For Rick there have been
many pennies. Moments of frustration and moments of
joy make up his experiences at VMI. Whether it has
been the joy he has received from his academic pur-
suits, cr his constant habit of falling asleep during the
best part of a Saturday evening at some of the finer
establishments in Lexington, Rick has managed to gain
something of value from all of them. A sense of hu-
mor — "yes", but beware of the black folder containing
the inner-most thoughts of his free-wheeling subcon-
scious. Spirit is fine, but being one of our better bro-
ther rats, he has learned that spirits are better. Rick
will become that silver dollar and then — beware, poor,
Robert Charles Maurer
Economics, Artillery, CpL, Sgt., Lt. — Battalion S-3, Dis-
tinguished Military Student, Distinguished Academic
Student, Varsity Soccer Team, Rat Swimming, Lutheran
Club, Cadet Assistant Economics Dept, English Society,
In September 1965, Bob left his home, Barbara, and
the Heights of Roslyn to follow the path of his brothers
as a VMI cadet. After the effects of the Rat Line and
the Rat swimming team wore off. Bob was on his way
to excelling in both the academic and military worlds
of VMI. Bob believes strongly in the Brother Rat sys-
tem and the interdependence of roommates. Even as
one of the top ranking economics majors and the Bat-
talion S-3, he still found time to fill a half-back slot
on the soccer team for the Big Red. It was here that
Bob acquired his nickname as "the mini." But all his
Brother Rats would agree that "the mini" is perhaps
one of the biggest men at VMI. His rank stayed on his
sleeve and didn't go to his head. He treated his Broth-
er Rats with warmth no matter what rank they were
and. because of this, he has gained a great deal of
respect from all those with whom he has been asso-
ciated. The job of taking care of his roommates has
only taken Bob a short four years. Graduate school,
marriage, and a happy life are in his near future. Best
wishes and good luck from your roommates and
. THE I
FIRST CLASS '
Michael Alan McCrory
History, infantry, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student,
Varsity Wrestling, Rangers, Fire Fighters, Who's Nobody
Club, AFC, Cadet Guide, Lejeune Hall Receptionist, 147
After-Taps Cocktail Club.
Mike's cadetship has not been an easy one, be-
cause for these past four years, he has been barely
one step ahead of the Tac Staff. Despite his desire to
become an Infantry officer, he has been in demerit
trouble since his Rat year. Almost boned out of school
that year, he obviously did not learn his lesson since
he has gone excess every semester but one. Despite
those long hours of P.T.'s, Mike has been able to
lead an active and enjoyable "college life." Although
his military bent directed him toward the Rangers for
one year, he has generally been interested m the finer
things of life. Most of all Mike has demonstrated
time and time again, that the term "Brother Rat" has
not lost its original meaning. Every Northern Virginian
vifill remember the McCrory hospitality. Next year our
boy will find himself trying to make the grade as a
combat leader; there is no doubt that he will succeed.
Lloyd Walter McGrady
Biology, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Varsity Track, Varsity
Baseball Manager, Rat Wrestling, VAS, FIP, Crows Nest
32, Varsity Club, 1969 Spirit Committee.
Someone once said that if there was a fault to find,
someone would find it. Well, that's our Lloyd, only he
seems to be doing too good a job. Dissatisfaction in
academic pursuits, the military, or just anything, ex-
emplifies his prominent traits. Yet we see in him, those
of us who know him best, a genuine desire to over-
come any and all obstacles — in his own way, of course.
And we see also a dedication that will invariably lead
to success in whatever he chooses to do.
But, all work and no play was not for Lloyd. As he
worked hard, so did he play hard — Crow's Nest and
Thome Hill Estates, just to mention a couple. If there
was a way for him to enjoy himself, Lloyd found it.
For despite his ominous rumblings of unrest, there
was to be found in him a certain "joie de vivre" too
few people possess. Fly to the sky boy, you're almost
William James McKelvey
Biology, Armor, Pvt., Co-Capt. Varsity and Rat Rifle
Team, Rifle and Pistol Club— Sec, All-Southern Con-
ference, Va. State Intercollegiate Rifle Champion, 16th
Place National Marksmanship Award, Dean's List.
Willy entered VMI as that most pitiful of God's
creatures — a son of an alumnus. He had heard only
the good things about the old Institute, but soon
learned that like everything else, VMI has two sides.
He formed his plans for the future early, aiming at
entering medical school. He realistically concentrated
on his academics more than on the military aspects
of VMI, realizing that an "A" in modern physics would
help him more than shined shoes.
Bill always found time to enjoy himself. Besides be-
coming the best marksman the VMI rifle team ever
had, he found limes for Johnny's checks, which put
him in the proper mood for the "cultural" events at
the "Pit." He even managed to hustle his roommates
in the pool room in their spare time.
Most important though, Bill managed to obtain what
is an apparently elusive quality for most cadets —
MICHAEL ALAN McCRORY
LLOYD WALTER McGRADY
Front Royal, Virginia
WILLIAM JAMES McKELVEY
DAN scon McMILLIN, JR.
John Daniel McLaughlin, Jr.
English, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Varsity and Rat Wrestling,
Newman Club, Who's Nobody Club.
"Little IVlac," that puny, emaciated Rat should have
known that wrestling was not for him. But no,— he
gathered up every ounce of courage and set out to
ride that permit; and much to Mac's dismay, if was
not the wrestling permit he ended up riding, but the
gim. Emerging from his sickly condition his third class
year, Mac acquired a new nickname— "Big Mac."
Some say that "Big Mac" was just the result of a
promotion in Mac's "General" family. But Mac, being
ever so humble, did not expect special treatment as
a general's son — just ask his roommates who have
shined his shoes and brass for the last three years.
Academics have been rough for John, but he has suc-
cessfully thrashed through them. All his Brother Rats
are sure that many fine things await him upon grad-
uation (i.e.. Summer Camp) and they wish the very
best of luck to a fine and understanding guy.
Thomas Cole McLeod, Jr.
Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Lt, ASCE,
Ring Figure Magazine— Art Editor, IRC, AFC, Northern
Virginia Club, Fire Fighters.
T.C. carried on family tradition when he walked
through Jackson Arch to taste the character building
life of VMI. The prediction that says that almost every
cadet who comes to VMI with a "running" girl gets
shot-down by Christmas his Rat year came true for
him. Although very disappointed at first, he says now
that, "That was one of the best things that ever hap-
pened to me." It's evident from his little black book
that there's no one special female in T.C.'s life.
Receiving the "Jimmy Clark Driving Award," faded
into the background when a pretty little Hokie from
VPI slipped his class ring on his finger during Ring
Figure (VMI-12, VPI-10) his second class year.
Tom has experienced almost every aspect of VMI
life from confinement to rank and has spent many
long hours in NEB with his slide rule.
It can easily be said that success will be a common
word in T.C.'s future, so, best wishes to a true friend
and Brother Rat.
Dan Scott McMlilln, Jr.
Economics, Armor, Pvt., Tennis, Rat Fencing, Rat
Tennis, IRC, Who's Nobody Club, Monogram Club.
It was that infamous day of September 9, 1965,
when Scotty "Jetset" McMillin entered Jackson Arch
leaving behind his Chivas Regal, tennis racket, and
the finer things of life. Complaining throughout his
Rat year, he succeeded in remaining a private which
was his fondest desire. As his Third Class year pro-
gressed, his attentions turned to new and exciting
things with the "maids of the mountains" and South-
ern Seminary. However, his heart wasn't in it, and the
fancy slowly waned. Directing his attentions to the
PX and TV rooms, while occasionally studying, Scotty
soon became a regular.
Scotty will be remembered by his Brother Rats as
one of those rare individuals whose knowledge and
experience in the social set places him above the
mere connoisseur, much less, cadet. He proved this
his second class year by keeping the "gang" in Ber-
muda in suspense with his ever changing apparel (files
As his senior year is coming to a close, Scotty is not
looking back at the "good times" but forward, for he
has great plans for the future. So make way, fair
maidens, Scotty will leave VMI as one of those free
and unattached Playboys soon to gain world acclaim.
Good luck to a great guy; we're pulling for you!
Malcolm Fraser McNeill
"Rusty" "Red" "Mac"
Mathematics, Navy, Pvt., Cpl., Ring Figure Magazine,
Religious Council, Student Union— President, Hop Com-
mittee—Vice President. RDC— Vice Ctiairman, Contact
Committee, Concessions Council, Rangers, IRC, AFC,
Manager Second Hand Clothing Store, Fire Fighters.
Success at VMI is a much sought but seldom found
commodity. For those who make the grade, there is
a feeling of accomplishment to be found nowhere else
in the world. For Rusty, it has been a long hard pull,
but in the end, he has come out in command of the
Rusty's Rat year held a hint of his promising cadet-
ship as he rose to the position of first-ranking
corporal in Delta Company. His ranking career was cut
short by somewhat uncontrollable circumstances, but
not to be outdone, he turned his efforts to other ac-
tivities of the Corps. His leadership positions in the
Cadet Union, RDC, and Hop Committee give evidence
of his ability.
Following in the footsteps of his dyke. Rusty is go-
ing to be a Marine, with hopes of fulfilling his boy-
hood dream of flying from a carrier. And rumor has it
that he and Miss Linda are planning something for the
future. But no matter what he does, we wish Rusty
the best of luck and know that he will be a success
in any field he chooses.
Harold Graydon Mercer
Mathematics, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt., Capt— CO Foxtrot
Company, Distinguished Aerospace Student, Dean's List,
FIP, YRC, Bermuda Club.
The Northern Virginia whiz came to VMI with am-
bitions of flying which were fulfilled after fighting
Langley AFB for what seemed to be an eternity. As
the result of a successful Rat year, rank entered his
life. Being well-adapted to the "system," he eventually
managed to trade corporal chevrons for those of a
Cadet Captain. Life at VMI can often be very depress-
ing, but Don never let it get him down. Rigid in his
principles, yet humorous in their execution, he became
the friend of both upper and lower classmen alike. To
him there was a time for study and a time for play
but nothing more soothing than his little ol' hay.
Many a girl has tried to sink her hook, but bachelor-
ism won't be traded for a family for a long time.
Flight school and a possible Air Force career now
await Don. Best of luck in the future, BR.
John Charles Mitchell
Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Distinguished Academic
Student, Who's Who, Rat and Varsity Basketball— Co-
Captain, Rat Cross Country, Honor Court, Monogram
Club — Vice President, Pioneer Investment Club, V.A.
Saturated with confidence after being third runner
up in Sheridan High's annual 'Mr. Basketball' selection,
a contest including all eight members of the team,
Mitch audaciously stepped into VMI's basketball pro-
gram. John coasted thru his freshman year defying all
'opportunities' to participate in the Rat Line. Never-
theless, his superiors were impressed and as a result
dubbed him with corporal stripes proclaiming him "one
of their own." This distinction was soon removed and
with a 'heavy heart,' Mitch had to settle for athletic
and academic pursuits. Reluctant, however, to confine
his talents to intangible objectives, John decided to
devote his countless abilities to the social whirl of
VMI, the results: academic stars and Co-Captain of
the Keydet Netters.
High ideals, ultimate goals, self-perfection and per-
sonal sacrifice compose a profile which speaks for
itself, John's character tolerates neither mediocrity
nor waste, for he is always reaching for that eminent
goal — an attribute which will pave its own road into
MALCOLM FRASER McNEILL
Sag Harbor, New York
HAROLD GRAYDON MERCER
JOHN CHARLES MITCHELL
GRAHAM YOUNT MOORE, III
RODLER FREDERICK MORRIS
Elizabeth, New Jersey
THOMAS JOSEPH MORRIS
Wayne, New Jersey
Graham Yount Moore, III
Chemistry, Artillery, Cpl., Sgt, Capt.— CO Delta Com-
pany, Distinguished Military Student, Distinguished
Academic Student, Who's Who, Bomb Staff, ACS, Bap-
tist Student Union, Ring Figure Committee, Cadet
The dog days of September '65, inaugurated some
sweeping changes for our man. You could say Gary's
Rat year was a smooth one. Of course, there was that
case of the unexplained excess of water in the rooms
adjacent to 448 followed by the Commandant's review
of Delta Company Rats the following morning. Finals
came eventually and brought with it academic stars
and corporal stripes.
The rigors of Mallory Hall occupied most of Gary's
time as a Third Classman. His association with Olym-
pia proved successful thanks more to resolve than
diplomacy and led to one more service stripe and a
couple at shoulder level.
That summer a very important person walked into
his life. Ring Figure was to come and go, but Ellen
was to become permanent. The Butcher tried and
failed as Gary gained a fiancee and became a Cadet-
A clear head and the patience of a saint are the
ingredients of a Company Commander. Gary had both,
as Delta Company was relieved to learn.
Ellen and graduate school are most immediate in
his plans, and if the past is truly an indication of the
future, we need wish our friend no luck. On that
commodity he owns the patent. We shall wish him
happiness instead ... a cheerful, serene happiness.
Rodler Frederick Morris
History, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Distinguished Military
Student, Distinguished Academic Student, Rat Judo,
English Society, YRC, Fire Fighters, AFC, Ring Figure
Committee. Ghetto, Who's Nobody Club.
The twenties had its "lost generation"; VMI had its
Rick Morris. Rick came here with the desire to make
the Army his career, and like many others, after one
year of pseudo-military training and hours of empti-
ness in the tool shed, he foreswore the army forever.
His metamorphosis has been to the lasting benefit
of VMI's academic life. The title, "intellectual," should
not be bestowed lightly, for it represents the highest
attainment in the pursuit of learning. In Rick's case,
however, the word almost seems inadequate. Despite
an often repressive system. Rick has strived without
any extrinsic reward, to learn, savor and comprehend
the intricate and complete realm of truth.
His unassuming behavior belies his keen mind; his
notebooks filled with doodles hide his attentiveness;
and teachers who have noticed his tall frame sprawled
lethargically in his chair cannot understand how he is
able to receive the 'A's which they continuously give
him. Thinker, scholar, and friend as well. Rick has left
his indelible mark upon VMI.
Thomas Joseph Morris
Biology, Air Force, Lt., Rat and Varsity Judo Team —
Captain, Aquatics Club, FIP.
Tom entered VMI determined to play the game. The
"good-tome thirds" were constantly trying to get Tom
to hang loose — i.e., not to strain so hard, but alas,
the rat kept his chin in which in turn kept him from
all those nasty committees. His conscientious efforts
resulted in few demerits. This coupled with a good
attitude led him through the ranks to the position of
Last spring, in story-book-style, Tom left VMI for
Bermuda and returned one week later with stars in
his eyes — those two years on the Judo Team had done
him no good— he had no defense. A tough young
woman named Gail threw Tom higher than any black
belt ever could.
As long as Tom continues to put forth the kind of
effort he has while at VMI, we are sure he will succeed
in whatever he wishes.
FIRST CLASS ^
Halcott Lawrence Moses
History, Infantry, Pvt., Rat and Varsity Rifle Team-
Captain, Dean's List, Ghetto Club, Who's Nobody Club.
On September 9, 1965, a young man from southside
Virginia entered Jackson Arch, He was the Institute's
dream of a promising young cadet. With five years of
military school and a proud tradition of short hair.
how could he miss as a future military leader? How-
ever, Hal's hair, by his third class year, had grown
long, and he had joined the "Ghetto League" for the
rest of his cadetship.
Most of Hal's cadetship has been spent in the li-
brary and in the weight room— interrupted by Saturday
Night treks to Johnny's. After opening rounds with
Trigonometry and Spanish, Hal has risen in the History
Department to the Dean's List.
The Institute must say good-bye to this man who
may not have been reared in the molded image, but
who will no doubt make it big in the outside world
where true values count.
Joseph Vincent Naselll
History. Armor, Pvt., Sgt,. Bn. Sgt. Maj,, Distin-
guished IVlilitary Student. Dean's List. Who's Who, Rat
and Varsity Football, Rat and Varsity Track, Cadet
Staff, Monogram Club, Newman Club, IGBA, Italian
Certainly VMI's most valuable import, Joseppi has
invaded Boobsville armed with a friendly smile and
ample answers for all. His adjustment to our military
environment is a legend in itself and the object of
honest pride to his Brother Rats.
Remember that day, when, amid the thunderous
cheers of ratty brothers, the Italian broke from the
Rat Line, and boldly went after the mini-terror. Perry?
The story after his Rat year is indeed a legend.
His record defies all statistics, and bounces bell-
shaped curves out the window. His determination in
academic endeavors has pushed him into the upper
fifth of his class, earned him a D.M.S.. and a position
on battalion staff. And we must add that this story
of success has been recognized by those in far away
lands, for Joe is now graduate school bound.
However, in the finest tradition of a true Italian,
Joe has seen fit to reveal to the world the real secret
for all that he is — Diana, his ever-present, ever-loyal
His popularity has gained him a niche in the
heart of Dixieland and all those who know him. It is
clearly obvious that we need not wish Joe luck, be-
cause we are confident that his success at VMI will
only be superceded by his success and happiness as
the epitome of the citizen-soldier. Joe is a great friend
for life, and will be one of the Institute's greatest
Harold Everett Neale
History, Infantry, Pvt., Golf Team, Ring Feature Mag-
azine Staff, Bomb Staff — Advertising Manager, Political
Science Society, Pioneer Investment Club, Delegate —
West Point SCUSA, Library Assistant, Colts Fan, Hop
Escort, Car Loan Shark, Armed Forces Club.
Harold E. Neale — an imposing name for a cadet
known universally as "Chunky." Even as a Rat, he
had ideas — ideas not so much centering on personal
success but on change for the Institute. But the In-
stitute, as everyone knows, can withstand the attacks
of even the most ambitious cadet. So Chunky resolved
to work quietly.
His work on several publications has been important,
A salesman par excellence, he has pleaded, cajoled,
even threatened many hitherto reluctant Lexingtonians
into advertising in the Bomb and Ring Figure
Thus Chunky — whether feeding adopted girls, play-
ing golf at the Lexington Country Club, negotiating
car loans or directing the public relations of the large
and fast-growing VMI Iowa Club — typifies the hyper-
active cadet. We feel, however that far too much of
what Chunk has done has gone unnoticed. He for-
ever worked, and happily, forever succeeded in making
ours a better class.
HAROLD EVEREn NEALE
Donald Francis Nelson
Chemistry, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Gymnastics,
Cadet Staff, ACS, Society of the Deltas, Hop and Floor
Committee, Downtown Attiletic Club.
This Brother Rat, lovingly known as "Rockman,"
came to Lexington from the little community of
He did well his first two years, and then in his
second class year he was admitted to the elite "Society
of the Deltas" because of distractions from Pittsburgh,
Mary Baldwin, and Room 237. Ring Figure came, and
although it was a little cold, he had one of the
greatest times of his cadetship.
The following summer he spent a few weeks with
Brother Rats and GTM's in an exercise of military
futility. His over-powering enthusiasm carried him
Hard work, sacrifice and copping out on frivolous
pleasures which might interfere with his graduation
indicate his maturity and responsibility. Don will be
a credit to VIVII, not just because of the luck we wish
him but because of his ability.
Thornton Ladd Newlon
Economics, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Academic Stu-
dent, Distinguished Military Student, Political Science
Society— Vice President, IRC— Vice President, Debate
Team, Soccer Team, Economics Romper Room, Spirit
Committee, Pioneer Investment Club, Richmond Ciub
Ghetto, Bomb Staff— Associate Editor.
On September 9, 1965, a small, low-hanging cloud
floated through Jackson Arch. Three days later, when
the tog cleared, we discovered that the cloud was
actually a Brother Rat named Toolon. Since that
tumultuous Rat year, this slightly befuddled scholar
has been involved in the whole spectrum of academic
life. Although an Economics major, Toolon has dis-
played his versatility in other fields as well. Not one
to simply study subjects, T.L. absorbs himself in
them. Toolon's ability to solve the unsolvable is
exemplified by his accomplishments. He has already
mastered the "Circus," "Chinese Economics," and
debating. Our man, however, isn't confined exclusively
to the halls of Academic, he sometimes engages in
the pastimes of ordinary mortals. His participation in
the Letcher Avenue Surfing Association and the Pine
Room Gang entitle him to lifetime memberships.
Versatile, cheerful, ebullient— these are the adjectives
that describe VMI's Toolon. With them, he can't miss
in the world.
Richard Earl Newsom
History, Infantry, Pvt., Dean's List, Rat Fencing, AFC,
Who's Nobody Club, Mad Bomber, Rangers, Cadet
Waiter, Library Assistant.
After reading about VMI in some obscure biography
about some equally obscure general, and being re-
jected by West Point, Newse turned down a scholar-
ship at the Citadel and came to VMI. Ten seconds
after discovering VMI had a ratline, or more
specifically, what a ratline was, he decided he was
hopelessly trapped forever.
It took over a year and a half for his Yankee
stubbornness to admit that a military career was
not suited for him. Then, following the tradition of
his dyke, the immortal "Bromo," he dedicated his
entire existence to proving that people in military in-
stitutions are not necessarily shiny, military, gung-ho,
Now, on the eve of graduation, his reflections of
cadet life include a disappointment in not being an
Economics major, a feeling of elation that the Army
missed getting him, and blissful thoughts of chimes
and arched sabers on his wedding day.
We know that his penurious ways, his love of hard
work, and Pat will get him far in this world. Good
luck, Brother Rat.
RICHARD EARL NEWSOM
Nashua, New Hampshire
Bruce Arthur Noel
Economics, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Bomb Staff, Glee
Club, Pioneer Investment Club, Finance Committee —
Chairman, Hop and Floor Committee.
From the very beginning of our third class year,
Bruce earned a reputation as the "worker bee" of
the class. His primary contribution, that of Class
Financial Chairman, was indispensable. Without this
experienced banker with his eye for handling money.
Ring Figure Weekend may have been a financial
disaster, but Bruce pulled us through with incredible
ease, A harrl worker, he keeps his nose to the already-
worn grindstone. One of the better dressed cadets
when off Post, Bruce has acquired an affinity for
ties, a habit he has never been able to unknot.
There is no doubt that with Bruce's friendly nature,
he will do well in the banking world.
Corville Joseph Nohava
"Corv" "Chief" "Indian"
Modern Language, Air Force, Pvt., Bomb Staff, IRC,
Who's Nobody Club, Ghetto, Tidewater Club.
Out of the primordial spray of the Tidewater swamps
there arose a true native son of the great Kahuna in-
tent upon taking on the whole VMI system. How and
why this independent liberal thinker came here will
forever be shrouded in mystery, but his effect upon
the tradition and the system is evident. A liberal
artist with a knack for "hydraulics," he has often
expressed his displeasure against some of the small
minded and impractical supporters of the status quo.
Oftentimes he has fought a one man battle, some-
times succeeding and at other times faltering. His
perseverance has shown in other aspects of cadet
life as well. Fervently loyal to his friends and in-
defatigable in his attempts to get the most out of
life, he has incurred the respect, often grudgingly.
of even his enemies. Corville's achievements at VMI
cannot be measured accurately by grade point aver-
age, rank, or class standing. His has been a personal
victory which needs none of the affectations of our
society. No one knows what the future holds in store
for Corv, but he is sure to succeed. For he is not
one to look for an easy way out and he never
allows misfortune get him down.
Frank Elmer Novakowski
Biology, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt., Capt.— Battalion Com-
mander, Distinguished Aerospace Student, Who's Who,
Lutheran Club, Scuba Club, Aquatic Club, Scouters
Club. Class Research Committee, Soccer Club, Recep-
tionist, Corps Building Staff.
The "Pollock" entered VMI fully "knowledgeable"
of what was about to take place and accompanied
with a desire to do well. He remained unknown
throughout most of his Rat year, expending nearly
all of his energy on weekly trips to Southern Seminary.
His third class year resulted in more reknown,
especially in Charlie Company and among Rats, and
a deepening interest in a particular member of the
opposite sex. Frank's second class year was high-
lighted by Ring Figure, which indicated he had
achieved his principle desire to do well. His final
year has been characterized by plans to enter the
Air Force after graduation as well as an increase in
his wardrobe some ten-fold, to the dismay of those
There is no doubt in our mind that whether Frank's
future holds a life as a hospital administrator, or
whatever, he will succeed completely and be a credit
BRUCE ARTHUR NOEL
CORVILLE JOSEPH NOHAVA
FRANK ELMER NOVAKOWSKI
DONALD O'HARA NUHALL
Bon Air, Virginia
THOMAS PRESTON PAINTER
Donald O'Hara Nuttall
Civil Engineering, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Distin-
guished Military Student, Varsity and Rat Rifle Team,
IVloncgram Club, ASCE, Wesley Foundation, Society for
the Preservation of Quiet on Sunday Mornings.
In the early morning hours the spectre of warmed-
over death can be seen looming about. But wait!
It's Don Nuttall, the fierce crusader for truth, justice,
sports cars, and Marvel Comics. Don came as a
"Gung-ho" RA, infantry, physics major, but he soon
made some drastic changes. After changing to CE,
with time in as a corporal and sergeant, Don began
to mellow. He no longer wanted to kill, even if he
was on the rifle team. Don "let his hair down,"
so to speak, at the end of his third class year. A
certain girl may have had a great influence on him
at that time. He decided to become a lover, not a
fighter. But lovers have to eat, so Don has set his
sights on an engineering career in the civilian world.
Josiah Jefferson Oliver
Electrical Engineering Artillery, Pvt., IEEE, Barracks
He came, he stayed, and he left with a diploma.
While he was here, "J.J." managed somehow to stay
a private all four years, and he did his part to
maintain the image of the privates. His only claim
to fame, like one of his roommates from his Rat year,
was that he didn't carry a rifle to military duties
either, but "J.J." got paid for not carrying it.
Thomas Preston Painter
Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Track,
ASCE, Ghetto, IG.B.A., Monogram Club.
The 9th of September 1965 will go down in history
as the day VMI inherited that dynamic package of
rippling steel and sex appeal disguised as T.P. Painter.
Early in his Rat year Preston found his place at
the end of the under-path in the plush confines of the
high jump pit. Awakening from the reclining drudgery
of endless practice sessions, T.P. reached his peak his
junior year by placing second in the big dual meet
with Tennessee. Ah, such glories untold!
Rarely does one emerge from the womb of the ole
high school days, advance into the jaws of VMI and
retain the same sweetheart of six years past. This can
be credited as one of T.P.'s greatest achievements.
Preston will always be known as a quiet man with
a strong will to succeed. VMI was fortunate to inherit
such a man as this.
Thera Omar Palmer, III
History, Artillery, Pvt., Tidewater Club, Spirit Commit-
tee, Ghetto, Co-Chairman of Confinement Club, Hike
and Gun Club, Young Republicans, I.G.B.A.
In September 1965, the Institute made an error it
will always regret in allowing Thera Omar Palmer to
register. Following in his father's footsteps, Omar
treaded his way down the Rat Line and into the open
arms of trouble. He made himself thoroughly familiar
with the various student government organizations on
campus and became an almost permanent fixture in
the Commandant's Office. From clearing a foggy wind-
shield in the Tidewater bus his Rat year by breaking
it and being one of the cadets most sought after and
highly respected by the young ladies of Southern Sem
to racking up confinement and demerits (E.G., G.C.,
fight! team! fight!), T.O. has surpassed all records.
By Ring Figure of T.O.'s second class year he de-
cided to go civilian and left early for Christmas.
VMI's loss was Planters' Peanuts gain. He returned at
semesters to find himself on the Superintendent's
Championship Team playing for his diploma against
Omar's first class year has been greatly subdued due
to three month's confinement, however, he did find
time to dine with Colonel Reeves one Saturday night
resulting in acute indigestion.
It the future is dim for Omar, it is black for ttie
world. Bowed but unbeaten, T.O. will always be in
the game: give 'em hell and GOOD LUCK TOP, you'll
undoubtedly have it.
Sumner Malone Parham, Jr.
Chemistry, Artillery, Pvt., Dean's List, Rat and Varsity
Golf, Varsity Swimming — Assistant Manager, Rat Swim-
ming, Cadet Staff, ACS, Cadet Battery, Who's Nobody
Club, Senior Research Thesis, Ghetto.
VMI was fortunate to receive this native son of the
Tar Heel State. Malone came to VMI with aspirations
of becoming a doctor and his many hours in organic
lab will attest to his desire. Despite a rigid academic
program and many battles with the system, he has
managed to intersperse his cadetship with many ac-
tivities. An avid golfer, an insatiable drinker and con-
noisseur of the finer things in life, he has enjoyed
these four years to the fullest. Most important of all,
Malone will always be remembered for his sense of
humor which has brightened up many gloomy days in
barracks, and for his sincerity, as all his Brother Rats
will vouchsafe. He has proved himself a true friend to
all his classmates, willing to help them whenever he
can. One day the right girl will come along and add
the final touch to his promising future.
Benjamin Alger Parks
Biology, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student,
AFC, Fire Fighters, Who's Nobody Club.
"The Many Loves of Ben" could be the title of a
history of his cadetship. He first came here with one
girl and one idea, to get rank. These two things were
scon to change. Over the course of his four years, Ben
was to change girls many times, and each time he
found a new one, it was true love. But his hope of
attaining rank has never faltered. Now in his first class
year, he is the person who is always called on to stand
in for any ranker who happens to have better things to
do. Although he did not get rank in the Corps, he did
get his R.A. commission (Corps of Engineers?). Now as
he enters a life in the Army, we hope that his experi-
ences as a stand-in ranker will stand him in good
stead. Then there was that blind date he had to be
persuaded to take.
BENJAMIN ALGER PARKS
ROBERT AUBURN PARRISH
Graham Martin Parks
Economics, Armor, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished Military
Student, Dean's List, BSU, Glee Club, AFC, YRC.
Following a first year full of turmoil, doubts, and
common sorrows, Marty gradually managed to shed his
rat year blues in favor of an attitude of resignation.
Although much of his stay at VMI has been less than
pleasant, he has managed to bolster drab cadet life
with humor, hijinx, and young ladies. With regard to
the ladies, Marty has exhibited a wide range of tastes,
having dated only one girl more than once while at
VMI. Nonetheless, for a lad from the confines of south-
west Virginia, he has developed into a veritable sophis-
ticate. This is not to say that he has neglected VMI's
demands, for each year he has managed to hold rank
along with a Dean's List average.
With the army and/or graduate school ahead, Marty's
future presents him with a new challenge which is as
formidable now as VMI was four years ago. If he meets
this challenge as well as he has met the Institute's
onslaughts, a large measure of success will certainly
Robert Auburn Parrish
Civil Engineering, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Distinguished
Military Student, Dean's List, Varsity Football, ASCE,
ACS, Cadet Waiter, Fire Fighter.
Bob Parrish holds the "honor" of being the only
Brother Rat of the Class of '69 to transfer into the
Civil Engineering Department. In his four years at VMI,
"Cobb" has proven that he is not afraid to work. Much
of his cadetship was spent in the Barracks study room
after taps, dodging the OCMNI and preparing for the
next day's classes. One of his more memorable events
here was the day he got authorized late study. Despite
his many hours behind the books, Rob has taken time
to befriend all. Rob is the epitome of sincerity in all
that he does. This combination of perserverance and
personality indicates that life after VMI will be 100%
successful for Rob.
William Aubrey Paulette
Civil Engineering, Armor, Pvt., Varsity Football, Varsity
and Rat Baseball, ASCE, Monogram Club, I.G.B.A.
Our Bunny came to the Institute determined to get
the most out of VMI's three virtues: the military, ac-
ademic, and athletics. Somehow, though, the order of
these "character building" pursuits got rearranged. He
has preserved the honor of the room on the football
field and the baseball diamond, and has even made
NEB proud with his latest academic achievements.
Military speaking, though, our representative from
South Hill has let the Institute down. The length of
his hair is topped only by that of the girls he occasion-
ally sees on Saturday night. Bunny really started living
at the Institute when he joined the 325 Club. It was
the beginning of many devious plans to find loopholes
in the "System." Before he moved down to the Ring
Figure stoop. Bunny had found his old high school
sweetheart and since then NCW and VMI have become
as close as a letter.
Our South Hill Rat has the potential to go far. With
slide rule and sports page in hand, he can conquer the
world. With best wishes, we turn a great roommate
and true friend over to the world, and to a certain
blonde who lives on Brunswick Avenue.
WILLIAM AUBREY PAULEHE
South Hill, Virginia
John Montgomery Pearson
Electrical Engineering, Navy, Pvt., IEEE, Gymnastics
Club, Cadet Waiter, Kneewalkers, Senior Balcony,
Despite the bold opposition of ttie Superintendent,
the Commandant's office, his academic department and
the Air Science Department, it seems as though John
will graduate and be commissioned. The four year
struggle to break John most assuredly slowed him
down: academic probation, conduct probation, endless
confinement, penalty tours, along with Air Force dis-
enrollment. But he has never faltered, gaining in sum-
mer schools, and numerous undetected activities like
the D.C. Transit. BYOL after taps, and the Cherry Blos-
som Parade. Still an E E and seeking a commission in
the Navy, he is accomplishing the improbable against
overwhelming odds. There is no doubt that John's
future will require a struggle but doubtless he will,
Jacob Carpenter Pence, III
History, Armor, Pvt,, Benevolent Society for the Ad-
vancement of Welsh Indian Refugees,
"Where are you from. Rat?" "McGaheysville, Va.,
sir!" With this question and answer session completed,
Jerry ambled into the oblivion of VMI, Actually, he
isn't from McGaheysville. but that's the nearest post
office. Through this arch was the final step in a series
of events that began with that fateful "college night"
at Montevideo High School when Jerry didn't go but
his mother did. Finally the big day came when that
letter arrived announcing to Jerry and all of the world
his appointment to the Corps of Cadets at VMI. Finally
the glorious day — September 9, 1965 — arrived, and
Jerry was dumped at Jackson Arch by his parents. He
received among other things that day, two pairs of
socks, and his first meal at the famous VMI mess hall.
His career at VMI has been highlighted by being ap-
prehended deserting company room, by the formation
of the McGaheysville-Lovingston axis, by failure to at-
tend his own Ring Figure because it wasn't worth the
trouble, and by a very, very short career in summer
school '68. Favorite saying: "The snake fell out of the
tree on the baby and ate him." Think the Army has
James Anthony Pennline
Mathematics, Artillery, Pvt., Distinguished Academic
Student, Sigma Pi Sigma — Secretary, Mathematical
Association of America, Soccer, Gymnastics Club.
As an energetic, albeit mixed-up "matriculee," "the
liner" hailed from Monessen, Pa., and had decided that
he just had to be a real cadet.
At any rate, the "Liner" threw himself into academ-
ics and when not studying math, he was studying
physics. His success in both is obvious from the gold
star on his sleeve.
But Jim had his problems, too. among them rat-
swimming. Ring Figure, and the History Department.
In total agreement with his shadow-twin "Mini." Jim
says that one thing he has missed in this life is
women; and yet we are sure that by our 5th reunion
or so he will have had his second date.
JOHN MONTGOMERY PEARSON
JACOB CARPENTER PENCE, III
JAMES ANTHONY PENNLINE
VANCE JOHN PETRELLA
JOHN THURSTON POOL, JR.
Vance John Petrella
Biology, Artillery, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished Military
Student. Dean's List, Cadet Staff, Newman Club, Rich-
mond Club, Cadet Battery, Who's Nobody Club, Fire
The Wop. as VJ is known to many of us. is willing
to do anything to help someone, whether it be a
brother rat or a rat, and this has made Vance many
true and lasting friendships. Due to his concern for
Nevt Cadets. VJ gained the title of "Mama." None of
us who were there will forget cadre for the Class of
'71 when Vance as a cadre sergeant stood in the mid-
dle of the new courtyard, which was filled with
rats, and tried to teach them school songs. V.J. is
also known for his strict compliance with regulations.
Take, for example, the time he changed rooms while
he was under room confinement, and found it neces-
sary to have the OD. Regimental S-1, and the President
of the Honor Court preside over the ceremony. As a
biology major, Vance has prepared himself for a med-
ical career, and we wish him the best of luck as he
seeks this goal.
John Algernon Pond
"Al" "Big A"
Civil Engineering. Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Dean's List, Dis-
tinguished IVlilitary Student, ASCE, ASCE Yearbook-
Editor, RDC, Class Finance Committee, Tidewater Club
Cadet Battery, Ghetto.
Farm boys aren't what they used to be. This slow
talking, fast moving, country boy found nothing
he couldn't handle at VMI. either in the halls of
N.E.B.. or on the dance floor of the Pine Room.
Rank held an important place in Al's cadetship. He
was a corporal for nearly two months! Then, realizing
the importance of a cadet corporal, asked to be retired
to the greater rank of private, an honor held by only
the most respected cadets.
Although women were his major interests, the BIG
A found a little time for study, finishing high in the
C.E, curriculum and making Dean's List his last two
A Tidewater Club party standout for all four years,
he was a mainstay of the Virginia Beach summer
scene. Can one sentence describe the Wakefield Flash?
Simple — Nothing succeeds like success!
John Thurston Pool, Jr.
Economics. Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Sup. Sgt.. Rat Baseball.
Hop and Floor Committee, Ring Committee.
John Pool came to VMI from the booming metrop-
olis of Clarksville, Virginia, a town that has produced
some of VMI's finest. "Thurston" has two notable dis-
tinctions. First, he'd be the best dressed guy in the
class if we didn't wear uniforms, for his meager
wardrobe takes up the civilian clothes locker and more.
Second, he's the ladies' man of Southside. Virginia. The
list of girls he's dated in the last four years is bigger
than his wardrobe. Here's hoping you catch that one
that got away.
There's no doubt at all; he is success looking for a
place to happen. Good luck, John.
FIRST CLASS )
Jess Averette Powell, ill
Biology, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student,
Varsity and Rat Track, Manager Varsity Baseball, Rat
Basketball, VAS, 1969 Spirit Committee— Chairman,
Crow's Nest, No. 1 Club, I.G.B.A.
When the Class of '69 took over VMI in September
of '65, "Brother Jess" arrived late! This was quite
typical of his cadetship.
Jess started out strong his third Class year trying
to make a good showing in the real estate business
(Crow's Nest). Brother Jess has never been lonely
through his cadetship (except this winter) because he
always seems to have a girl, no matter who she
He had to foreclose his real estate business through
his rather convincing talks with Colonel Reeves, but
this did not deter him from his usual social rampage.
Early in November, Jess acquired a new love "the
Plant," although his permit was disapproved to keep
her, (he kept it.).
His final year he headed the 1969 Spirit Committee
and once again re-entered the real estate business
(Thorn Hill). One thing for sure, wherever you saw
Jess you saw Brother Dave!
The "Athens Ace" has been a great friend these
four years. '69 wishes you the best and we know you
will make a fine doctor!
John Dietrich Power
Biology, Air Force, CpL, Regimental Color Sgt., Virginia
Academy of Science, Young Republicans, Ghetto, Dean's
The trip from the hills of nearby Lynchburg to the
city of Lexington takes about an hour. That is, if you
don't have John and his roadmap along to navigate.
Our young Biologist endured the rigors of the "Rat
Line" much to the amusement of his roommates, be-
cause he was "brought up right." In the course of
that barbed year he developed that calm manner for
which he has become well-known. Consistency, hard-
work, and good fortune have characterized his cadet-
ship and should signal success for him in the
field of medicine. John has certainly added to the
richness of our class memories with his own unique
brand of behavior and character. Oh, there was a
certain girl who came into his lite his third class year
who seems to have had a lasting influence. . . .
Walter Irving Priest, III
Biology, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student,
Soccer, VAS, Newman Club, Tidewater Club — President,
Scuba Club, Scouters Club, Fire Fighters.
A life is worth living. How do you transplant it in
the concrete here and see it grow and laugh? Well, a
lot of it was really hard to take.
But then for you the joy of being alive couldn't al-
ways be handled with a grin. So just yell out. In front
of the guard room, if you like. Go icebreaking in a
sailboat in a howling winter wind.
Wip, the gracious maitre d' of the Tidewater Club.
Yeah, in spite of the time you spend getting here, the
party radiates around you.
You've got the woods and fields in your blood. You
can make things grow. Your biology will never stay on
Somehow, man, you've got the sense God was sup-
posed to give everybody. You can say something, mean
it, and people can set their clocks by it.
Yeah, Old VMI. Old CCQ, parties, PT's and the
soccer power of the South. There were coffee and
cigarettes. I'll never forget.
After all these things you get to clank around in
those tanks. But don't stop there even if it is fun.
When you get everything done that you've got to do,
I guess you will be in the marsh before dawn with a
spirited retriever and a flask of the finest Scotch.
JESS AVEREHE POWELL, III
JOHN DIETRICH POWER
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WALTER IRVING PRIEST, III
Reed Davy Prugh
Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Distinguished Military
Student, Rat Wrestling, Bomb Staff— First Class Editor,
Hop and Floor Committee, Ring Figure Committee,
YRC, Soul Kings, Ski Club— Co-Chairman, Who's Nobody
The old master from Dayton resigned himself to a
life without the aesthetic pleasures of the past and
submitted, although not enthusiastically, to the some-
what modified academic environment of his newly
found home. Although the Institute has been said to
have a unique effect on everyone it consumes, it ap-
parently had little on Dave. After accumulating a re-
spectable grade point average, he decided other
aspects of his existence needed improvement.
Spending many hours researching the opportuni-
ties available at a score of girls' schools by tele-
phone, which he thoughtfully billed home, he origi-
nated the locally renowned Green Valley Motel Parties,
and developed a wide variety of applications to meet
every need. For the same ultimate purpose he initiated
the VMl Skiing Club which also met with considerable
success although a little more subtly.
After graduation Dave will tackle Medical School
with the same attitudes and inventiveness that he
applied to his four years here. There is little doubt
that we'll see him again . . . probably in a snow-
covered chalet at Aspen, mending broken bones and
George Nicholas Psimas, Jr.
Biology, Navy, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Rat Indoor and Outdoor
Track, Cadet Staff, Class Committee — Co-Chairman,
RDC — Secretary, Hop Committee — Property Manager,
Floor Committee, VAS, Ski Club— Co-Chairman, EIH.
Well, VMl, what in the world?
In the ordinary and commonplace occurrences of
everyday (whew!) life here, there is one guy who seems
to make his way impervious to the vacuum effect.
A refreshingly different viewpoint a taste for she-
nanigans, a sense of the unusual and amazingly sen-
sible. Scratch the surface and find a quicksilver imag-
ination, deep and supple. He probably never said "do
your own thing" but his life shouts it.
Hey, is that a Greek?
And if knowing him could tell you anything it might
be that you don't have to be stupid to enjoy yourself.
Surf or ski for a season, be a Battalion S-3 one sea-
son, join the Navy if you like, hell, read a book.
Learn what makes sense, and what you know,
know! The grades will take care of themselves. Study
biology and have an avid interest in absolutely every-
Sometimes it seems that with Nick, the only pattern
is a consistent lack of any. Somehow unique un-
shackled thinking can thrive in the tedium here. This
guy did it.
Well Nick, I don't know what's going to happen
now; I don't think it will be dull, and you'll have a
James Ashland Purycar
Civil Engineering, Armor, Cpl., Sgt., Capt. — CO Bravo
Company, Distinguished Military Student, Rat Cross
Country, Rat Indoor and Outdoor Track, ASCE, IRC,
Class Committee, Hop and Floor Committee.
As Autumn descended upon Virginia back in '65,
"Little Jap," following on the footsteps of his (good)
two (me) cousins, trudged through the arch. But here
the path forked; on one side, grub and married, on
the other, cadet captain and lover. Being the leader
that he is, Jimbo took the best (?) of both, captain
and hooked. And as the years passed, Jimbo became a
familiar figure around Lexington, and so did Malda,
the proud possessor of a four year hop ticket.
The other half of his cadetship was divided among
NEB, the barracks study room, and his hayrack, but
he still found time to be a BR, and we wish him all
the luck after graduation — even if he happens to win
the five dollars.
JAMES ASHLAND PURYEAR
Michael Joseph Ragland
English, Infantry, Pvt., Regimental Sup. Sgt., Distin-
guished Military Student, Rat Social Committee,
Rangers, Fire Fighters, Who's Nobody Club, AFC.
Mike's cadetship has been characterized by three
main factors; excellence in the military aspects of
cadet life, a striving for academic competence, and
Rose. As the gung-ho son of an alumnus, Mike has
always been an example of military perfection while
never allowing his ranker qualities to alienate him
from his Brother Rats. After the difficult period of
transition from Biology to English, Mike's efforts in
the scholarly pursuits have finally led him to that
coveted diploma. Rose, the third, though by no means
the least of Mike's motivational factors, has had a
profound influence upon him these last two years.
An unofficial sweetheart of C Company, Miss Higgins
has been a standard feature at VMI, bearing up well
to the idiosyncrasies of dating a cadet. We are cer-
tain that success and happiness will accompany Mike
and Rose wherever they may go.
Timothy James Rahm
History, Artillery, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student,
Distinguished Academic Student, Who's Who, Rat and
Varsity Swimming. Ring Figure Magazine— Editor, Cadet
Staff, Newman Club, Honor Court, Timmins Music
Society, Iowa Club — President.
Loose, lanky, and imperturbably calm, TJ invented
self-confidence. The Orientals say the sacred word,
OM, for peace and tranquility. The West, however,
can use a new word — RAHM. Tim never finds it nec-
essary to assert himself. Brother Rats and under
classmen are invariably attracted to this man with
his quiet knowledge and subtle intellect. Always busy,
he still finds time to help others. Often, he solves
problems with a unique brand of common sense and
originality. But, it is TJ's academic brilliance that
leaves one in wonder. It has been impossible for him
to hide this excellence. Only after looking beyond
his self-effacement do teachers discover his true
worth. Tim unconsciously has carried out Shaw's ad-
vice: he hasn't let education get in the way of his
learning. For Tim, knowledge is not simply a fool of
academic prowess. It is a means to both self-knowl-
edge and aesthetic appreciation. This personable and
sincere lowan will find no trouble in a world anxious
for individual strength and integrity.
Nicholas Walker Raymond
English, Infantry, Pvt., Newman Club, AFC, Color
Guard, '/RC, Who's Nobody Club, Fire Fighters, North-
ern Virginia Club.
Incredible is one way of describing Nick's cadet-
ship. Nick is just one of those guys who doesn't
consider the Institute as much of an obstacle to his
hedonistic ways. Obviously finding that the military
was not his natural calling, he devoted his efforts to
Johnny's, the CI, Patty, and his hay. The miracle of
miracles was that Nick made it through his Rat year,
despite some heated moments with the Institute.
Having developed a distaste for regimentation, Nick
came back with the notion of defeating the Com-
mandant's Office, but the bone sheets, specials, and
a trip across the parade ground leaves one a little
dubious. Pattv has gotten herself a pretty good bundle
of problems in Nick, but it looks as if he is going
to pull himself out of it again. The Class of '69 gives
you their best wishes. Nick, as you leave these
MICHAEL JOSEPH RAGLAND
TIMOTHY JAMES RAHM
Des Moines, Iowa
NICHOLAS WALKER RAYMOND
Dunn Loring, Virginia
WILLIAM DAVID REID
BURKEn ARIVIISTEAD RENNOLDS, JR.
William David Reld
Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Rat and Varsity Base-
ball, Newman Club, ASCE — Sports Reporter, Roanoke
Club, Monogram Ciub, No. 1 Club, I.G.B.A.
"Brother Dave" entered the College of Civil Engi-
neering at the VMI in September 1965. His first fun-
filled year here, highlighted by several trips to the
RDC, concluded with his earning a pitching position
on the Rat baseball team. He did well enough to come
back and become a record-holder in the Conference
his second year.
Realizing that "nothing is too good for my room-
mates," he was happy when, during his third class
year, he found a "good buddy" at Sem. Although she
is now in North Carolina, Jan just can't seem to stay
away from VMI. (Of course she won't be up this win-
ter!). Jan was always able to keep him out of trouble
(except when he calls the OC and when he is with
David became part of the "fearsome foursome" his
second class year. We have been through a 'lot" to-
gether these past two years, and, because of these
experiences, we know he will be ready and able to do
well after graduation.
Burkett Armistead Rennolds, Jr.
Mathematics, Infantry, Pvt., Rat Cross Country, Ghetto.
When Barracks opened its gates to the Rats in
September 1965, VMI inherited the greatest maverick
of all times — Burkett Armistead Rennolds, Jr. The
military did not bother BA nor did academics — in fact
nothing did. From accumulating zero demerits to avoid-
ing the usual character building session his Rat year,
BA developed himself into a true phantom. He became
so adept at being unobtrusive that his instructors
failed to appreciate his finer points — hence four
straight summer schools. It was noticed his third class
year, and subsequently proven the next two years, that
BA was shooting for the coveted Serta Perfect Sleeper
award. When BA could manage to stay awake, he
developed his other major talent — cards. The truly
amazing thing is that BA never allowed success to
swell his head. He remains the same simple, sleepy
winner he was when he arrived.
Should BA finally escape VMI he can look back with
pride knowing he was the only cadet ever to spend
most of his cadetship horizontally. Good luck in the
future and may BA always hold a royal straight flush.
Thomas Joseph Reynolds, II
Civil Engineering, Air Force, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distin-
guished Aerospace Student, Rat and Varsity Wrestling,
ASCE, Newman Club, Religious Council, Monogram
Club, AFC, Soccer, Who's Nobody Club.
On September 9, 1965, "Bopper" came to the In-
stitute at the ripe old age of 17. T.B. has been in-
volved with one form of flying or another his v.-hole
cadetship. He just barely "aced" his Rat year by mak-
ing the final meeting of the RDC for his fifth trip up.
He attended this meeting at the request of the whole
Committee. He has "hit the silk" on several occasions
prior to certain weekends during the year. T.B. went
out for the wrestling team his rat year in order to sit
on training tables, and stayed with it the rest of his
cadetship for lack of anything else to do during the
winter. He started out in Civil Engineering Section 14
and is one of the few surviving members. Obtaining
rank by forfeit his Third Class year, he rose from last
ranking in the Corps to Charfie Company XO.
THOMAS JOSEPH REYNOLDS, II
Scott Fountain Rhodes
Biology, Air Force, Pvt., Dean's List, VAS, Baptist Stu-
dent Union, FCA, Ring Figure Committee, Ghetto.
In the beginning was VMI and in the beginning was
Scott Rhodes, or at least it seems that way.
Scott, who can't be fed enough to fill him, can't do
enough for you. He's always been around when some-
one needed help, griping in his own inimitable way,
but only letting you know that he's there.
Scottie tried his sifill at moose hunting his rat year,
but was shot by the "Moose" instead. His third class
year found him a pillar of thought and scientific
method as he made the Dean's List. He put the fol-
lowing summer aside to become a "summertime cow-
boy" working with the Indians in South Dakota.
Scott entered his first class year ready to do Honor
work in biology, a continuation of an outstanding
record, both in academics and outside.
Now as you prepare to face the "outside" may
everything go your way. Do there as you've done here,
and you'll go all the way to the top. Good luck.
Henry Carl Riegler, III
Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Swimming,
One of the few men in barracks with the attributes
of a mushroom-shaped cloud, Henry Riegler has man-
aged to attain a unique position within the VMI Corps.
He has managed to incorporate the meekness of a
lamb, the ferocity of a lion, the agility of a charging
rhinoceros, the credulity of a four-year old, and the
slapstick of Stan Laurel into one diverse, well-inte-
grated entity. "Lunchbox," as he is affectionately
termed by his cohorts of the swimming circle and
others who know him well, has avoided the multiple
slings and arrows of the Institute with remarkable con-
sistency, due probably to the oblivious attitude which
he holds toward all the immediate manifestations of
the Establishment (and everything else, for that mat-
ter). He has gone through things, unknowingly, which
would have left a lesser man broken and bleeding.
Those who know him realize his unflinching devotion
to the things which he considers important. There is
no more willing friend in barracks than he, and the
swimming team has no member more dedicated. Hen-
ry, "bulluschynus," card sharp, benign mahatma,
G.A.S., and occasional bundle of nerves, is sincere
and good natured.
Lawrence Frederick RIegner
Civil Engineering, Artillery, Cpl., Pvt., ASCE, Lutheran
Club— Treasurer, AFC, YRC, Cadet Battery, Bowling
League, Northern Virginia Club, Who's Nobody Club,
The Class of '69 has people from all over the United
States including a "few" from Virginia. Larry is one of
the "few" from Virginia. For two years Larry slaved in
the civil engineering curriculum without any diversions.
But Larry, early in his Second Class year, he decided
that all work was making him a dull boy, so he got
himself a diversion. This diversion became a disruption,
then the disruption became a romance, and the ro-
mance became an engagement. It appears to his broth-
er rats that this minor diversion is about to turn into a
postgraduation marriage. May he and Suzie be happy
LAWRENCE FREDERICK RIEGNER
John Edwards Rabins, Jr.
Mathematics, Artillery, Pvt., Dean's List, Varsity Fenc-
ing, Cadet Staff, Bomb Staff, IRC, Political Science
Society, Computer Assistant, Marshall Library Assistant,
United Barracks Anarchists — President.
Always quick to point out flaws in the system, John
has emerged from the ranks as The Barracks Cynic.
There is little on campus or in the heirachy of the
state government, from the stoopies to Wingod, that
has escaped the wrath of the flailing yellow pen of
Besides his vigorous anti-establishment efforts, John
has also managed to become the permit partner of the
noted barracks law firm, B & R, Inc., a position he
earned by setting the school record for consecutive
approved permits in a single semester (47), which
betters that of his well-known predecessor and mentor.
Ken Perkins. If there is a loophole in the Bluebook,
John has found it.
To the surprise of almost everyone and to the
chagrin of the Tool Shed Gang, it looks like our Angry
Young Man will last out the four year duration to
graduation, despite the efforts of the Artillery section.
Law school is imminent, and John hopes to find in
Charlottesville some of the illusions he has lost here.
William Andrew Romanchich
Chemistry, Air Force, CpL, Sgt., Lt., Distinguished
Academic Student, Rat Swimming, Rat Outdoor Track,
Newman Club, ACS.
Coming to this "pleasant and healthful abode" from
the sunny surfing shores of New Jersey, Bill handled
the Rat Line, as he did everything here at VMI, in
stride. Never much for the RDC scene, Bill concen-
trated on the things VMI is all about ... and by the
time his first class year rolled around he had achieved
his goals: both stars and stripes decorated his sleeves.
But college is social life too, and again Bill dis-
tinguished himself . . . Linda is a pretty lucky girl . . .
then again. Bill is an awfully lucky guy. Always affable,
hard-working, and a true BR, "Lobes' " cadetship has
brought him the high regard and friendship of the
class and Corps.
For the Future: four years of washing test tubes
will surely be rewarded, and whether he's mixing esters
or atop a wild wave, Linda will be by his side, and
all will be well.
William Donald Samson
History, Infantry, Pvt., Dean's List, Varsity Cross
Country, Fire Fighters, Civil War Roundtable, Who's
Nobody Club, Tidewater Club, RDC Representative.
Super, one of the few red-headed Brother Rats, has
had a remarkable change since he entered VMI. Once
he was the staunch conservative militant and now he is
the non-conformist, liberal, peace-maker. This change
is minor compared to his more radical evolution.
Super's first two years were, for the most part,
different from his last two. Those aspects of his
existence here that have changed most considerably
are his emphasis on grades, education, the Army, girls,
and the arts. Although his grades have steadily im-
proved, he has placed more value on what the course
has to offer. As for the Army, few of us look forward
with eagerness after our stay here. During his Rat
and third class years. Super was the celibate, sober,
model cadet — now we're not so sure about any of
these. These changes are for the best, and his Brother
Rats would not have it any other way.
WILLIAM DONALD SAMSON
Newport News, Virginia
Michael Louis Santoro, Jr.
Civil Engineering, USMC, Pvt., 1st Sgt., Distinguished
Academic Student, Who's Who, Soccer, ASCE — Vice
President, RDC, Class Ring Figure Comm.
There are very few people at VMI who have worked
harder in the last tew years than Mike, and even
fewer who will leave VMI as successful. Besides being
first in the civil engineering curriculum. "The Toro"
is first as a BR. It's hard to dislike this kind of guy;
no matter how busy he is, he always has time to help
someone who needs it. He has attained almost every
goal imaginable, with but one exception, the "little
redheaded girl." If only he could get up enough
courage to speak to her. After a short vacation with
the "world's finest fighting force," it'll be a short easy
trip to the top. Here's hoping he passes our way.
Wayne Harold Scholtes
Civil Engineering, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Lt., Distinguished
Military Student, Rat and Varsity Rifle Team, Rat Judo,
ASCE, Cadet Staff, Civil Shaft, AFC.
Wayne Harold Scholtes came to VMI to learn to
stammer "I are an engineer, you all." It seems he
had decided that his native New Jersey's Rutgers just
wasn't good enough for a guy who wanted to be a
The Rat Line and Wayne got along fine, but his
third class year we learned that he was one of those
who just couldn't abide southern roommates or stripes,
and so it has been ever smce. Wayne believes in
having a good time and getting the job done — but as
independently as a billy goat.
His key position on the rifle team kept him out of
military duty. Apparently that didn't bother him very
much, because when the tally was over at summer
camp, it appeared that he had been doing something
else besides drinking beer.
That shock of red hair and impish grin will be
missed in Charlie Company next year — but, then, they
had their chance.
John Scott, IV
Physics, Artillery, Cpl, Sgt., Lt.— Drum Major, Rat
Fencing, Chapel Choir — Director, Glee Club — Director,
On September 9, 1965, Scotty hopped into Jackson
Arch determined not to let the study of physics stifle
his extra-curricular activities. In fact, 4 years later,
he now owns them, runs them, and is in charge of
many of them. We all sometimes wonder when he
studies or even if he needs to study. It has, however,
been a rocky road to the top. For instance, rank for
Scotty has frequently come and gone. We'll always be
proud of John for never abusing his power, even
though "Tweetco" has several times put him in hot
water. Through his whole cadetship, John has been
an unconventional cadet. There is always long-hair, not
just because of his excellent violin playing and other
musical accomplishments, but in every sense of the
expression. John has never been slow to have fun on
weekends. Among other accomplishments, he has
managed to become (remam?) grade 1 Y civilian. In
looking at John's whole cadetship and his many varied
accomplishments, it seems certain that in a few years
we'll be reading about "the Nose" in "Who's
MICHAEL LOUIS SANTORO, JR.
South Plalnfleld, New Jersey
WILLIAM ROY SEARS
JOHN GREGOR SEBRELL
William Roy Sears
History, USiVIC, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Dean's List, Bomb Staff
— Associate Editor, Young Republicans — Treasurer —
Vice President, Fire Fighters, Cadet Union Committee,
1969 Homecoming Committee — Ctiairman, Rat Bat-
As Annandale was left behind. Bill wasn't overly
anxious to find out if the Rat Line was really all he
had heard. With pen in hand, the dastardly deed was
done and he became a full-fledged BR of '69. "D"
Company Rats will never forget the "Great 4th Stoop
Deluge." Not a man to stop there. Bill was destined
for bigger and better things. When '69 returned in the
tall. Bill's sleeves were a might heavier, at least for
awhile. He skyrocketed to the top among corporals,
only to meet his match in the school of hard "Knox."
The Institute awarded Bill an immediate membership
in the club that pounds the pavement. Not the kind
of man to let a little thing keep him down. Bill
bounced back, from private to Ring Figure 2d Lieuten-
ant, and finally XO of "D" Company.
Though these events will fade in our memories, no
Brother Rat will forget Bill's ever-present smile and
wit. Good-luck Jarhead.
John Gregor Sebrell
Economics, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Indoor and
Outdoor Track, Soccer, Rat Cross Country, Young Re-
publicans, Class Sweater Emblem Committee — Chair-
man, Spirit Committee, Crow's Nest, Thorn Hill Estates,
Northern Virginia Club, Fire Fighters.
John is the Institute's own Virginia Gentleman. This
was first evident in the way he handled himself at
finals his freshman year. Not one to live on past
glories, he has maintained this tradition throughout his
cadetship, only changing brands once. Although it
looked like a decisive victory for the Institute after
round one, John fought back for three years and
beat them at their own game. A summer scholar, he
has studied at many other institutions to fulfill his
academic interests. He has been active in many
aspects of cadet life, not including the military. A
nature lover at heart, he is frequently found at one of
Rockbridge's many scenic spots: the tree farm, Goshen,
and Zollman's. Speaking of hearts, John's seems to
have become enlarged; it stretches from Northern
Virginia to Tidewater.
Larry Richard Seekford
Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Equestrian Team — Captain,
Who's Nobody Club, Red Blood Doner.
"Seek", unable to keep up with his spiffy during the
early days of his cadetship, soon settled down into
the comfortable squalor of being a grub and getting
the shaft from the Good Deal Boys on the first floor
of Scott Shipp. A staunch supporter of all VMI func-
tions, except language lab. Seek eagerly greeted each
morning with his "Sunshine" personality, inspiring his
roommates to greater heights of achievement through
various grunts and assorted noises.
Seek's artful diplomacy with his fellow man, ever-
ready Chipmunk smile, fondness for soul music, and
graceful penmanship made him the original Goody
Two-shoes of the Class of '69. As Seek rounds out his
four year tenure, barracks loses one of its greatest
creditors, a mind gifted for exact detail, and the
most pain sensitive body in Virginia. If we can keep
Seek awake long enough to get his diploma, VMI will
give the world its finest product.
FIRST CLASS '
URRY RICHARD SEEKFORD
Front Royal, Virginia
Ruurd Carel Segaar
History, Armor, Pvt., Cpl, Sgt., Sup. Sgt., Distineuished
Military Student, Dean's List, Varsity Track — Captain,
Varsity Soccer, Rat Cross Country, Rangers, Fire Fight-
ers Library Asst., Cadet Receptionist.
"Gar" came with the rest of us. He had hopes of
making the military a career. But like most of us, he
was quite disillusioned and is now considering law.
Being a History major and varsity competitor himself,
he handed non-LA's and team managers quite a bit
of grief. But we still love him for his car, his dates,
his car, his faults, his car, his track ability, and all
those good weekends in his car.
The first three years we were worried about Rudy.
All he did was study and stay at the Institute. In
short, he became involved in the system! With the
advent of his first class year, the "Flying Dutchman"
finally spread his wings and took flight. We are glad
he is finally seeing the girls' schools and having
some fun. Great, isn't it, "Gar"? We told you that
you could do it.
Rudy is a down-to-earth cadet. He is sensitive and
tries to avoid consequences. We know you will do well
In law school — either before or after Uncle Sam nails
you. Good luck always.
Donald Bruce Sharp
History, Infantry, Pvt.. Sup. Sgt., Dean's List, English
Society, IRC, Young Republicans, Glee Club, Colorado
Club, Geology Lab Asst., Who's Nobody Club.
Cousin Brucie crossed the "Great Muddy" his Rat
year, leaving the Colorado Rockies, only to find that
VMl wasn't all that "Mardi Gras" had made it out to
be. The University of Washington shouldn't have lost
Bruce spent his Rat year fighting "Punchy's Trig."
but he returned to amass an outstanding academic
record in the History curriculum, transferring from
science to Infellectualism. That year Bruce became
acquainted with Westhampton College and the hop
With Ring Figure came Nancy, his second attempt
at W.C. That year he moved into the Ghetto to be-
come a permanent member, proud and true; and he
swore allegiance to privatedom.
Now he's a "senior," and after four years at VMl,
four years of making it a bit better for many others,
Bruce is leaving to make his mark on society as he
has on all of us.
Write it in bright lights, and good luck Brother Rat.
John Tanger Sheely
History, Infantry, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Wrestling.
Varsity and Rat Track, Newman Club, Assistant Head
He once said himself, "I always take the hard way."
This was truly the phrase most descriptive of John's
cadetship. By straining himself over the radiator his
Rat year, selecting infantry as his branch choice, and
running the block every Saturday night for two con-
secutive months while on confinement, "large Kreely"
proved his worth. Only once during his entire cadet-
ship did he attempt to do less than his share. The
Institute, regardless of his past record, frowned upon
"habitual neglect of military duty."
A self-proclaimed "gremmy" from Virginia Beach,
John wiped out several times during his four-year stay
at VMl. After his one-man campaign to buy the post
office out of air mail stamps, and his nightly sink's
compositions, his board finally ran aground in Salem,
Va. his second class year.
John's ceaseless quest for rank ended his first class
year when after makeovers, he was named assistant
head cadet waiter. Then, with unlimited power, he
became the terror of Crozet Hall.
As he streaks from his blazed trails of glory in
the history department, to the altar, and to a bright
future, we wish John continued happiness and success.
JOHN TANGER SHEELY
Virginia Beach, Virginia
ROBERT DUNCAN SLAY, JR.
Louis Eli Sidney
Civil Engineering, Armor, Pvt., Cpl., Sup. Sgt., 1st Sgt.,
Dean's List, ASCE, Wesley Foundation, Hop Committee,
Fire Fighters, 1969 Automobile Committee.
Louis' outlook has changed considerably in his years
at VMI. Four years ago he was on the wagon, but
since that time he has slipped off again and again and
again ... We think he just doesn't care anymore.
His military abilities were momentarily recognized by
VMI and later became evident in his record-breaking
achievements at summer camp ("Honorary DMS").
Louis came to VMI prepared for a career in the Army,
but now he is looking forward with grim determina-
tion to his two year stretch.
Louis wants only the simple joys of life: wine,
women and song (maybe we should scratch the
song). We can only say — May your wine be fulfilling
and your women fullwilling.
John Gordon Simmons
Physics, Artillery, Pvt., Cadet Staff, AlP, Society of
Physics Students, Who's Nobody Club.
John arrived at VMI straight from the wilds of
southwest Virginia. However, he soon discovered culture
in the thriving metropolis of Lexington, spending the
greater part of his third class year at Steve's,
Johnny's, and the College Inn. After quickly finding
he just wasn't cut out to be a wino, he switched
his interests to sports cars and like everything
else, he went into his new interest in a big way.
By the time he was a first classman, John had become
the only college student in Virginia with three sports
cars (only one of which ever ran at any given time).
On the weekends, you could find him either enjoying
the pleasures of Charlottesville, or home trying to
get that MG to work with a second engine.
Robert Duncan Slay, Jr.
Biology, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student,
Dean's List, Who's Who, Varsity Indoor and Outdoor
Track, Rat Cross country. Rat Indoor and Outdoor
Track, Cadet— Editor-in-Chief, VAC, "Fat Back" Fan
From the Riviera, France came this slick, arrogant
dude with a notebook of girls from literally all parts
of the world. His confidence and social grace were
curtailed, however, by numerous dinners with the regi-
mental staff and visits to the RDC. While racking up
demerits, he won the admiration of brother rats. Rat
Slay would often stand up to cadets of higher class
and rank, as witnessed by his victory over a second
class ranker after an extensive GC trial.
As time passed by. Bob established himself as out-
standing in almost every way at VMI. Though women
will continue to be overwhelmed by his suave, un-
equalled charm, he will be remembered by "the boys"
as a real friend, not of the phony variety. It would be
useless to wish this person success in his chosen field
of medicine, for success is the name of the game.
Frederick Maurice Smith
Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Rat and Varsity Football,
Bomb Staff — Associate First Class Editor, Monogram
Club, Class Research Committee, I.G.BA., Ghetto.
Though the times here at VMI have not been the
delightful days we first anticipated, one man has
been able to go through virtually untouched by VMI's
outer reaches. "Fast Fred," whether on the Foot-
ball field before the snap, in making friends, or
with the girls of the Virginia area, has been able to
adapt himself to any of the situations he has met
and certainly has been able to overcome them easily.
From the days of the "Free Three" to the "Days of
Bobo Bazaar's," he has been one of the leaders who
does not need to call out his own abilities, for those
who know him can tell you that he is (in the true
meaning of the word) a leader and friend. As an
Economics major in the Jungle of Morrisland, he has
been able to fight away the trying defeats and succeed
in achieving a last obstacle (graduation).
Fred will be one of those graduates that VMI will
be glad to call its own. He is a friend that
neither luck or good fortune can bother; his skill and
the aspects of that which he is made of are enough
to make him a success in whatever he tries. The
past four years can be a testimony to this man's
ability to show the world he is "Fast Fred."
Larry Allen Smith
History, Infantry, Pvt„ Lt., Distinguished Military Stu-
dent, Dean's List, Varsity and Rat Football, Rat Track,
Bomb Staff— Sports Editor, Fellowship of Christian
Athletes, Monogram Club, Staunton Club.
Well Podnah, this has got to be the smoothest,
smartest Keydet . . . finesse with red hair.
Number 20 came to play football and you know
what he did; he hit 'em hard! But somewhere in the
process he turned on the books with a vengeance and
now looks forward to graduate school.
What in the world? Platoon leader and going regular
Army? Yeah ... and had the shortest haired platoon
Sometimes the going gets hard and things look kmd
of blue. Well, old buddy, when a smile is hardest to
find you could look for Larry. A sensible positive
attitude is his most valuable possession.
To see through everything that doesn't matter and
work with things that do . . . when its not the time
for jokes, to look you right square in the eye and
tell it exactly like it is . . . this man can do it.
We wish you luck; you already seem to have it,
or else its just the way you look at things.
Robert Deaton Smith
Biology, Armor, Pvt., Cpl., Lt., Honor Court— President,
Distinguished Military Student, Distinguished Academic
Student, Who's Who, VAS, Chapel Choir, Glee Club-
Trying to write a VMI history of 150 words about
Deaton without sounding trite or ostentatious is
difficult. Probably the best way to recall Deaton's
four years is to realize that he achieved everything
he strived for, and accomplished all entirely on his
own merit. The difference between Deaton and many
of us is that he is a worker, a doer, and doesn't
rest until everything is accomplished and meets his
But his four years were not entirely devoted to the
books. When party time rolled around he was always
at the top of the guest list, and for just sitting around
shooting the bull he has few peers.
It would be ludicrous to expect anything but the
best from him at med school, and it's not necessary
to wish him luck, for he will always be able to make
his own. But let us wish the best to a fine brother
rat. Good Luck, Deaton.
FREDERICK MAURICE SMITH
LARRY ALLEN SMITH
ROBERT DEATON SMITH
VALENTINE WOOD SOUTHALL, JR.
Richard Asa Snow
.Chemistry, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished Military Stu-
rient, Dean's List, Varsity and Rat Fencing, ACS,
Cadet Staff, Bomb Staff, Cadet Battery, AFC, Young
Republicans, Ring Figure Magazine Staff, Tidewater
Club, Fire Fighters.
The "Troll" leaves quite a record at VMI. Itty Bitty
Brother Rat Snow is a man of many talents.
Who would believe the Troll could be a ranker.
Dean's List student and still find time to ski, sail,
skate, and fence? He likes to date, but no one has
melted the snowman yet. Rats in three classes will
attest to the fact that Rick believes in the system!
He should be remembered not for what he has done
but for what he has contributed to others. Rick always
keeps the important things in front, but never hesi-
tates to have a good time. The assurance of a
successful future is only a matter of time, but will
he be an artilleryman or lawyer? We know that
whatever he does. Rick will continue to do it with
his usual efficiency, as well as help those lucky
enough to meet him along the way.
Valentine Wood Southall, Jr.
English, Pvt., CpL, Sgt., 1st Sgt., Lt,, Distinguished
Military Student, Dean's List, Varsity Fencing — Cap-
tain, Rat Fencing, English Society, Honors Candidate in
Val emerged from his Rat year with two ambitions:
good grades and rank. Unlike many cadets, he man-
aged to achieve one out of two. A high-ranking cor-
poral and sergeant his third and second class years,
he had the cup of rank dashed from his lips as a
first. He is an exemplary first sergeant, however, and
all his friends know that beneath that rough and
humble exterior lies the heart of a true cadet captain.
An intrepid woodsman and infantry man, Val had
never ceased to amaze people with his performances
at nx. Seriously, however, Val has undertaken the
Honors program in English, won DMS and the friend-
ship and respect of his Brother Rats in F Troop. Few
cadets have had such success. We wish you the best
of luck in law school and whatever else you attempt,
Robert Ronold Sparhs, Jr.
English, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Academic Student,
Rat Wrestling, Pioneer Investment Club.
Robert Ronold Sparks, Jr., commonly known by his
simpler but more revealing cognomen. Sharks, exem-
plifies the Renaissance Man. Sharkie has spread his
talents into several departments at VMI. After two
years' tenure in the Economics curriculum, he de-
cided that multi-colored graphs with thousands of
lines intersecting somewhere below Purgatory should
be left to the more scientifically-oriented. Finding his
true calling in English, Sharks proceeded to dismantle
both teachers and students. Combining the caustic
wit of a Pope and the mimetic humor of a Jonathan
Winters, Sharkie quickly earned a well-deserved repu-
tation for academic excellence. His candor and humor
often leave teachers, cadets, nurses, old ladies, young
ladies, waitresses, etc., dumb is disbelief. Often re-
ducing them either to tears or laughter. Bob strikes
relentlessly against sham and pretense. He is cynical,
but it is a cynicism redeemed by humor. Can anyone
really wish this whirlwind of energy luck in the out-
side world? The wish should be reversed. world,
watch out for VMI's Sharks. He is coming at you
with loaded guns.
ROBERT RONOLD SPARKS, JR.
Edward Clinton Spencer, Jr.
Civil Engineering, Air Force, Pvt.. AFROTC Vice Com-
mandant's Award, ASCE, Floor Committee, Glee Club,
Who's Nobody Club.
Clint is from Lynchburg. He came to VMI in his
rat year. He knew a lot. He did not know everything.
He was a good rat. He shined. He stayed out of
trouble. He did not get mad. He did not care. Clint
moved downstairs. He lived among giants. He did not
shine. He did not care. He felt small. He was. He
moved downstairs. He did not shine. He did not
care. George did not care. Hal did not care. Time
passed. He moved downstairs. Finally he is big. He
cares. He is Red's friend. He is Mr. PX. He owns
BT & T. He does not shine. He will graduate. He hopes.
Joseph Gordon Spicer, Jr.
Chemistry, Infantry, CpL, Sgt., 1st Lt.— Battalion S-1,
Distinguished Military Student, Dean's List, ACS,
Head Cadet Library Assistant, Fire Fighters.
Joey arrived at VMI on 9 September, 1965, to begin
a new way of life. He adjusted to the "system" easily
and has progressed through the ranks during these
years to become a first lieutenant.
He always keeps on his toes as can be readily
seen in the apt manner that he has of keeping
several girls on the string at the same time. With
such tact and strategy as this and armed with a DMS,
the Army should be glad to see him pin on those bars.
Joey takes a great amount of pride in accepting and
always accomplishing challenges, especially throwing
parties for his BRs. One of his most predominant
obsessions is studying in front of the tube and then
covering the same material in the early hours of the
morning. Since he is gung-ho, ranger, jungle, and jump
schools await Joey. Best of luck and we'll be looking
forward to watching those parades from Alumni Hall
, . . glass in hand.
William Coffin Stainback
Economics, Armor, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Football,
AFC, Italian Club, Pioneer Investment Club, Northern
Virginia Club, I.G.B.A.
On matriculation day, "Burley" Bill walked through
the gates with his golden locks, congeniality, and buoy-
ant sense of humor. Instead of Bill conforming to the
Institute, the Institute conformed to him. On the se-
rious side. Bill has achieved much respect and many
Bill has obtained just about everything he has put
his mind to. His third class year he decided to take
on the chores as tight end for the "Big Red." Since
then he has been on the receiving end of many passes.
His nine seconds left m the game grab against David-
son gave us our first needed win of this season.
After graduation. Bill has a two year obligation in
the army and a life long obligation to Ruelaine.
Bill's future is written for success. We wish him the
best of luck in all his objectives.
JOSEPH GORDON SPICER, JR,
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WILLIAM COFFIN STAINBACK
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
John Francis Stann, Jr.
Civil Engineering, Air Force, Pvt., Dean's List, Rat and
Varsity Tennis, IRACE, ASCE, Wesley Foundation — Pres-
ident, Religious Council, BP Scooters.
John entered Jackson Arch on that fateful day in
September with his tennis racket slung over his shoul-
der and the fullest intention of remaining a bachelor
forever. He settled down to his studies, his beloved
tennis, and survived his first year. During that first
year, he slept through an RDC meeting and was re-
quired to return to another meeting as an honored
The next two years were divided between the Wesley
House and tennis courts.
Then during the summer of '68, a miraculous change
occurred and our playboy was swept off his feet by
Mary, a charming young nurse from Baltimore. Could
John really have gotten engaged during the summer?
His first class year was spent either in Baltimore or
on confinement, and as graduation drew near, so did
the wedding date. To Mary and John, we wish the
best of luck and happiness.
John Charles Starnes
Civil Engineering, Armor, Pvt., ASCE, AFC, Cadet
Waiter, Who's Nobody Club.
"Rabbit Eyes" found himself a home at the VMI.
From a tropical environment (he said that he came
up from Puerto Rico, but he seemed to walk the
Rat Line like a penguin), many as upperclassmen,
concerned that the cold might bother Charlie, invited
him to drop by their rooms and warm up by the radi-
ator. During his third class year J.C. decided to switch
his major from CE to ratline. Unsuccessful in this
field, he decided to change his major once again, and
during his second year he moved over to Lejeune Hall
to concentrate on their audio-visual aids. Finally, in
his senior year he came back to the civil-engineering
department and concentrated in sanitary engineering.
If Charlie doesn't like it, he can always flush it.
Charles Ronald Stead
English, Air Force, Pvt., Ring Figure Magazine — Co-
Editor (Layout Dept.), English Society, Invitations
Committee, AFC, Who's Nobody Club.
Back in 'S5. Ron bopped into the arch with long
blonde hair. But those golden locks were soon to go,
under the watchful eyes of "Moby Al." He managed
to keep a large head of hair his second year due to
a generous mixture of water and Vaseline. In the year
of the Ring, the hair stayed, but a few visits to Regi-
mental HQ kept the "cowlicks" away. Most remembered
are the vivid and romantic tales of love which were
designed to achieve the maximum results. But Ron
found that a young blonde tied him down. (Congratu-
As an English major, Ron never found English very
exciting. Consequently, he made the scene at the
"tube" room. But Ron saw the light in the last half
of his second class year and has forsaken the "tube"
for those dusty old books. May 18, 1969: the
Promethean Bonds of the Institute will be exchanged
for the chains of marriage.
The crystal ball forsees you as a top-ranking execu-
tive in a top corporation with all but the world in
your hands. We know that your hands have the
CHARLES RONALD STEAD
John Steiner, IV
Biology, Artillery. Pvt., Varsity and Rat Cross Country,
Indoor and Outdoor Track, VAS, Cadet, YRC, Political
Science Society, Gymnastics Club, Library Assistant,
Few of us can think of Skip without remembering a
few of the many unique and well-publicized aspects of
his cadetship. Surely all these things shouldn't have
happened to one B.R., yet they did, and Skip had a
level-headed, and remarkably passive, reaction to even
the most potent discipline the Institute could provide
(#1 Club, etc.).
Underneath the notoriety and spectacle of his unique
trip through (or was it around?) the VMl system.
Skip's real character lies hidden. Well known for
slightly-longer-than-regulation hair, and as an erstwhile
trackman, able sailor, and skier, he has been an en-
thusiastic participant in many sports. But the most out-
standing facets of Skip's personality are his unfailing
sincerity and unwillingness to give up his individuality.
Not that there isn't room for sincerity or individual
thought and ideas at VMl, but somehow it proves to
be a Herculean task to uncompromisingly exhibit these
traits. Peace, Brother!
Marion Lee Stilwell, Jr.
Economics, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student,
Varsity and Rat Football, I.G.B.A.. Rat Basketball, Pio-
neer Investment Club, Monogram Club.
Stil defies all scientific laws, for he accomplishes
more with seemingly less effort than anyone in bar-
racks. Who else can walk in slow motion and still be
hard to keep up with? Never one to be lonely on
weekends, he has, nontheless, successfully kept his
scholastic, athletic and social lives separated to an
admirable degree. Few can deny that Stil commands
respect both on and off the girdiron. While never a
star, he is, without a doubt, the most consistent and
conscientious performer on the football team. Stil is
slow yet reliable, quiet yet authoritative, unassuming
yet commanding. How a man can be so impressive
to others yet so unimpressed with himself is beyond
To wish Lee luck would be superfluous, for in a
world where one creates his own luck, he cannot fail.
To say that Lee will always be remembered by his
classmates would be maudlin, but I shall and he will.
Donald Lee Swats
Civil Engineering, Air Force, Pvt., Regimental Colors
Sgt., Distinguished Aerospace Student, Dean's List,
Varsity and Rat Football, Rat Track, ASCE.
Four years can be a long useless period in a per-
son's life, but Lee has found in a short period of time
what many men spend entire lives looking for, yet
never finding. Football was the reason Lee chose VMl,
and for two years it was the only thing that kept him
going. But then, he discovered the true purpose of
college, obtaining an education. With this as his goal,
he set out to conquer the Civil Engineering Depart-
ment with the desire and determination few Cadets in
this school can match. Countless hours have been
spent in his office below Preston Library. Now Dean's
List is a reality and academic Star's are but a small
The summer after our third class year opened up a
new chapter in Lee's life which can be summarized in
two words. Donna Pale. In a few short months, this
little girl from Staunton managed to accomplish what
many females had been trying for six years to do. It
looks like Lee is settled for good. This year has
brought even another love into Lee's life, flying. With
all these things going for him, the future is nothing
JOHN STEINER, IV
DONALD LEE SWATS
ROBERT GAITHER TANNER
WILLIAM HENRY TAUSKEY
Robert Gaither Tanner
History, Armor, Cpi., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished Mili-
tary Student, Distinguished Academic Student, Civil
War Roundtable, Pioneer Investment Club, Timmins
Music Society, Fire Fighters.
Originally one of the most airborne of the "air-
borne tankers," Bob suddenly realized the dramatic
denial of the Oedipus complex inherent in the "Kill
Mother" concept and decided to follow his aerial am-
bitions by joining the jet set as an airborne psycho-
Through unending hard work, Bob has made his four
years at VMI a complete success. Military excellence
has been equaled by high academic achievement, but
never to the exclusion of Bob's many friends and
VMI lingo contains a term of high praise — that of a
"good guy." In the years to come, we feel that Bob
will be best remembered as one of the truly "good
guys" of our class.
William Henry Tauskey
Biology, Air Force, Pvt., Regimental Sgt. Major, VAS,
Bomb Staff, Newman Club, Texas Club, AFC, Fire
It has been said that VMI cultivates academic knowl-
edge, military leadership, and character. The first day
"Tausk" saw the Institute, he set his sights high,
and there is no doubt he has attained proud standards
in all three categories.
Academically, Bill attacked the biology curriculum
with a vigor and diligence that incorporated hard
work, late study, and a couple of summers in Lexing-
ton. Militarily, it came slowly, but three years' effort
was finally rewarded with well-deserved stripes. Char-
acter? There may not be a bigger one in barracks:
Our Gang's 'Buckwheat' (and often the "Pickle"). Bill
may be the only individual ever to secede from the
Union, though New York's loss is Texas' gain.
We are all proud to call "Tausk" Brother Rat, and
as we wish him our sincere best, we cannot help but
know that whatever path in life Bill chooses, he will
follow it to the summit.
Geoffrey R. Taylor
Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Wrestling, Un-
defeated Freshman Wrestler, Fellowship of Christian
Athletes, Wesley Foundation, Glee Club, Monogram
Club, YRC, Dean's List.
Things have sure changed since I made the first
mistake that really changed the course of my life; I
walked in the arch and started to walk in the rat
line. After the G.C. Rat Line was over the academic
ratline began and it seemed as though I would
never be anything more than a "Rat."
It got so, after awhile, that I came to appreciate
the finer things of academic life, such as vacations.
Not that I feel that they tend to train you rather than
teach you, but I just had that vague feeling that I
was missing something out of the "glorious college
days" that alumni are always talking about.
Seriously speaking, I made a choice a long time
ago and I am glad that I came to VMI. It taught me
to appreciate the Spartan life. Like I have heard so
many times since I have been here, "VMI is not a
nice place to be at, but there is no finer place to be
William Grant Thorpe
Chemistry, Air Force, Pvt., 1st Sgt., Distinguished
Academic Student, ACS — President.
One sunny day back in '65, the Dog emerged from
the dark backwoods of Marshall, Virginia. Intent on
being a chemist, he strove through the piles of sym-
bols, numbers and formulas to be "numero uno" in
his curriculum. He also made the best of the old
Corps Rat Line (now lost to posterity). Regardless of
the activities around him, the Dog managed to main-
tain at least a 3.5. In the year of the Ring, the
Dog, the courtly rake of VMI, won the favors of one
of those Semites. Nevertheless, academics took pre-
cedence over women. (What's the story on you, Dog?)
In the same year the Dog made his debut in the
wonders of CH-.OH. You sure you didn't see blood at
the dance, son? At last, the year of the Phoenix ar-
rived. Did I say Phoenix? You bet — now the Dog is
a RANKER ... the shiny shoes finally paid off.
VMI won't be the same without the smiling face of
the Dog. In spite of that, one day the Institute may
see him again as Dr. Thorpe, professor of Organic
Chemistry. Keep smiling, Dog; you have the world in
Raymond Edward Thuman
Biology, Infantry, Pvt., Dean's List, Varsity and Rat
Track, (3lee Club, Commanders, Who's Nobody Club.
Back in '65, Stix sauntered into the great arch.
Little did he know what awaited him on the other
side. His greatest ambition in life was to be a doctor.
From the ameoba to man, he spent may hours col-
lecting knowledge and demerits (late study). As a
Tweet, Ray found ways to toot the least. The king of
the "quicky" dyke job and the pinnacle of military
proficiency characterize his great desire as a military
One day, he picked up a guitar and he hasn't put it
down yet. Between studying and playing the guitar, he
managed to take up choraling. He professes to be a
top-notch singer. Ask him and he will tell you. Ray
always had a struggle with the "Sack Monster." He
tried many different things but found that medicine
was his "bag."
We know that one day in the future Dr. Raymond
Thuman will hang his shingle somewhere in Yankee
territory. Cheer up, man, it can only get worse. The
gods will smile on you wherever you go. How about a
free stitch or two, BR?
Biology, Infantry, Pvt., Cpl., Dean's List, Tennis, Wes-
ley Foundation, VAS, Who's Nobody Club, I.G.B.A.
From Alabama, the fair-haired, soft-spoken Perry
came to conquer the Institute. He brought with him an
imperturbable attitude toward the Rat Line and the
strong desire not to let the system interfere with his
future med plans. He also brought with him a love for
the "Crimson Tide."
He assaulted the academics with Dean's List ability,
as he quietly and steadily rose in the Biology cur-
riculum. Academics have not been the only thing to
occupy Tim in his career. He had rank as a third, but
he soon corrected this really not appreciated "honor."
He took time out to become a tennis stalwart for
Toleration seemed to mark Tim's stay here, both of
the military and troublesome females. Tim is going
to become a doctor if he can fit med school in be-
tween Tide Football games. The hay monster has
caught up to him and the soft-spoken kid has turned
into an after taps terror.
Tim would not be complete without mentioning his
deep moral and religious convictions, which is paral-
leled by his concern for others. Greatness will come,
JOHN ANGELO TOBIA, JR.
HUGH HARRISON TOIVIPKINS
JAMES PAHON TOnEN
South Hamilton, Massachusetts
John Angelo Tobia, Jr.
"Toby" "Chief" "The Wop"
History, Air Force, Pvt., Dean's List, IRC, Political
Science Society, Newman Club, YRC, Cadet Reception-
ist, Rat Typist, Who's Nobody Club, I.G.B.A., Car
Move over, Horatio Alger! John Angelo Tobia war-
rants a place right beside you. One of the truly amaz-
ing rags to riches stories belongs to John. After an
almost unblemished record of flags his rat year, the
amazing climb began. Much improvement was evi-
denced the Third Class year. Then, his Second Class
year brought Dean's List to his grasp, and as if that
wasn't enough, at mid-semester of his First Class year,
he had an almost perfect record of A's. The end is
nowhere in sight. Determination, hard work, and be-
coming accustomed to VMI's teachers should pay off
in later life for this "lover."
And what a "lover!" Few at VMI have had more
beautiful girls than the Chief: Ellen, Lori, Sally, Linda,
Mary, Cindy, Karen, Rosie, Annie, ad infinitum.
Long distance calls, letters, football pools, and St.
John's filled his free time. May this greatest of all
Notre Dame and D.C. enthusiasts find happiness in
whatever he does. He deserves it.
Watch out D.C. — John is finally getting out of Dodge.
Hugh Harrison Tompkins
Economics, Artillery, Pvt., Rat and Varsity Football,
Tennis, Rat Wrestling, Rat Track, Monogram Club, Pio-
neer Investment Club, Krueger Cup Club, Briar Patch
Rhoda is an anomaly among the serious-minded
cadets here. Never one to pass up a date, party, T.V.
program, or pool game, Hugh is a bright spot in
everyone's day. His amorous adventures during his stay
at VMI cannot be enumerated, but it is truly a rare
day when Hugh does not find time to make at least
one girl happy (with a phone call). Although a stand-
out football player for three years, Hugh had to quit
the Tennis Team at Coach Ragazzo's request. However,
after another summer at CCV, he will find himself tops
in tennis too. Hugh can make a dreary situation happy
and with a sincere interest in his friends here,
Hugh can always be counted on to lend a helping
hand. With his quick wit and worthy sense of humor,
Hugh will add new life to the business world and, at
the same time, add to its success as well as his own.
James Patton Totten
"Tot" "Jamie" "Rotten"
Civil Engineering, Infantry, Cpl., Sgt, Capt. — CO Echo
Company, Distinguished Military Student, Dean's List,
Cadet Staff, ASCE, Glee Club, Rangers, Soccer, La-
crosse Club, AFC.
James Patton Totten is just one of those people
that was supposed to spend four years at VMI. He
didn't know anymore about it than most of us. In
fact, one wonders how this Army brat ever found
Lexington four years ago — but he was quick to catch
on and make his mark.
Jamie "Rotten" Totten didn't think the ratline
built enough character, so he signed up for the one
Col. Knapp runs in NEB. Perhaps his biggest satisfac-
tion though, was running Echo Company, and he did
a real fine job. They had the longest hair in the
Corps — but the most fun. Jamie is like that, loved
and respected by everyone.
After graduation he plans to follow a long line of
Old Soldiers. "Act well your part, there all the honour
James Burke Tucker
English, Air Force, Pvt., Distinguished Academic Stu-
dent, Cadet Staff, Ring Figure Magazine, VAS, New-
man Club, AFC, Secretary-Treasurer, Cadet Union,
Bridge Club, Commandant's Committee for New Ca-
dets, Research Committee.
Apparently under a few misconceptions of what life
at military school might be like, Jim ventured from
New York to VMI and its unique system. Shocked that
his ranker qualities went unnoticed, he manifested
his talents toward graduating without the zebra cog-
nomen. But that is not to say JB has gone unknown.
After overcoming the frustrations of his Rat year
and the temptations of transferring, "Diego" quickly
sst his goal at distinguishing himself in other ways;
a feat which ho accomplished admirably by earning a
set of stars, and the distinction of being first ranking
in t'le English curriculum.
Jim's future plans include a June 14th trip down
the aisle with that very special Wellesley girl and
the challenge of medical school. As Jim leaves VMI
and his Brother Rats behind, we all wish Fran and
him the best of all worlds, success and happiness.
Godfrey Waddell Updike, Jr.
Biology, Infantry, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished Mili-
tary Student, Ring Figure Magazine, Bomb — Layout
Editor, Glee Club, Chapel Choir, Scouter's Club, IRC.
Very early in his cadetship it was decided that
G.W. was one of those Rats who would not make it.
The harder they tried, the more determined G.W. be-
came tc stay. Needless to say. he won out in the end.
As an upper classman it appeared that the Institute
had it in for G.W., but gradually he pulled ahead
through hard work and concentration on his goals.
Along the way, G.W. adopted a strong belief in the
value of the "System", and as an upper classman
became one of its strongest supporters. This same
driving force that he developed here at school will
serve G.W. well in the outside world wherever he
Gary Edward Vitt
Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Varsity Basketball,
Rat Track, Rangers, Cadet Battery, Who's Nobody Club.
September 9, 1965, was a sad day for Gary. First
he was experiencing his first day of "college life,"
and secondly, he was not with Gretchen on her birth-
day. Well, at VMI one learns to take a joke and adjust
Although there were some tense moments, the old
"You're gonna lose your girl, rat!" never came true.
The second-class year brought a fantastic change
in Mama's little boy — for the mild-mannered, clean-
cut Gary emerged the combat-toughened, kill-qualified
"Animal." In a few words. Vitt was Ranger-trained to
live off nature's land, kill 245 different ways and
cross-trained in English.
In his free time, "Fort Hunt Fats" also solidified
his position as VMI's outstanding hustler.
Our man of many guises now departs for the cruel
world as uncertain of the future as everyone else, but
certain that with the "Animal Tamer" steering him, he
won't stray far.
JAMES BURKE TUCKER
Fayetteville, New York
GODFREY WADDELL UPDIKE, JR.
GARY EDWARD VITT
ROBERT HENDREN WALDO, JR.
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RONALD REDFORD WALL
Wake Forest, North Carolina
WILLIAM CROXTON WALTHER
Robert Hendren Waldo, Jr.
Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., ASCE, Tidewater Club,
Who's Nobody Club, Gim.
Another Tidewater rat came out of Chesapeake to
find a nearly permanent home in the mountains. Bob
has pursued his goal, a degree as a ciuil engineer,
with such vigor that he has made it almost a full
time business. Coming to VMI with at least a minor
knowledge of the military system, he has forsaken
that route for more pleasurable ends, academics and
girls, but not necessarily in that order. As one of
'D' company's round Rats, he participated in such
extra-curricular activities as after-taps water fights
(10-2-10) and his one L.A. course, horizontal lab. His
3rd class year came to one bright note. He found
out that, because of a "trick knee," the Army didn't
want him, a feeling that was somewhat mutual. Per-
haps best known for his witty comments. Bob, has
managed to keep even most of the LA's at bay.
Ronald Redford Wall
Economics, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Sup. Sgt., Civil
War Roundtable, FIP, Who's Nobody Club, YRC.
At first Ronnie seemed destined to spend his cadet-
ship in NEB. The pressure just got too great and he
took a walk down to Scott-Shipp Hall to start just as
hard a battle with the Economics Department. He
faired well and became 69's first flying Eco major.
That's right, Ronnie hopes to be a pilot, so he learned
VMI proved to be quite a change from Ron's old
plantation and mint juleps, but this easy going charac-
ter took everything in stride and ended up "fine as
His Brother Rats and the classes behind, will long
remember Ronnie's beautiful music every morning (his
joyous greeting to each new day), his wild football
games in the courtyard, and his reputation as a ranker,
who never trifled and was never busted.
But more than this, Ronnie will be remembered as
being full of pranks and mischief, ready to help in a
tough situation or talk things over, and quite a stu-
It is said that history repeats itself, but it will be a
long time before VMI sees another like Ronnie.
William Croxton Walther
Chemistry, Armor, Pvt., ACS— Vice President, VAS, Cadet
Staff, YRC, Political Science Society, Gymnastics Team,
Aquatics Club, Library Assistant, EIHC, Class Car
You can find him sailing on any day; sailing through
life, whether stormy or calm, the wind his only guide.
For four years, he has been on a quest for knowledge
which may if this is not readily apparent by his grades.
Full of intellectual curiosity. Bill is adamantly opposed
to memorization, thinking the emphasis should be on
understanding. This became evident in his superior
showing on the Medical Boards, GRE's, and Dental
Aptitude tests, thus proving his true ability.
Using all his wiles. Bill managed to achieve one of
his most sought after goals, escaping military duty.
Long hair, white shoes, and a pied hat shield led to
the fulfillment of another ambition— FIRST CLASS
Whether he becomes a famous doctor or an anony-
mous worker, he will be helping others. So when gale
winds are blowing, at least one boat will have di-
rection. Every happiness, kid.
Robert Crenshaw Watts, III
History, Air Force, Pvt., Varsity and Rat Football,
Honor Court, Pioneer Investment Club, Club 461,
Executive Suite 302, Soulville 213, Coo City 104.
A "never-saydie" attitude has accompanied Bobby
from the very first day he entered room 461. Con-
sidering the influence of certain roommates, his vir-
tuous stay at VMI was definitely an accomplishment,
but his sincere and habitual "Hi" has made him
among the most popular men at VMI. He was known as
VMI's Ann Landers, because he always had a sympa-
thetic ear for everyone's troubles. His election to the
Honor Court and his prowess on the athletic teams
were the product of the same boy who received 28
RDC cards his first year. His love life is full of laughs,
but his goodnatureriness has always born him through.
"R.C." has no real plans following graduation. After
his "adventures in paradise," it will be a lucky com-
pany that will acquire Bobby's personality and desire.
John Gregory Weber
Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Methodist Club,
Lutheran Club, Northern Virginia Club, IRC, AFC, Cadet
Battery, Fire Fighters, YRC.
"Yes, Dad, I'm sure I want to go to VMI to get an
RA and be a Math major . . . integral from one to
infinity of xe to the minus x dx is equal to the limit
as t approaches infinity of -te to the minus t minus e
to the minus t-l-2e to the minus one ... I think I'll
major in Biology, that sounds easy . . . trabeculae,
mesosalphinx, ruminant ungulates . . . what session of
summer school is Embryology offered? At least I'm a
sergeant; oops, I like being a private anyway . . .
Hey! I'm a private! I can't be sergeant of the guard
over finals again! Oh, I can . . . Great 2.0000 . . .,
I'm a first classman. Top cannoneer, top marksman,
top in PT's — rinky dinky, no, not too much . . . Hey!
I'm noticed! Maybe I'll get my RA yet . . . Oh no, they
cancelled Army FIP . . . I guess I'll have to shine my
Joseph Jackson Welch, III
Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student,
Dean's List, Swimming, Rat Cross Country and Indoor
Track, VAS, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Glee Club,
Jack, off to MCV, will undoubtedly have a long line of
patients as soon as he gets out of medical school. His
congeniality and intelligence will aid him in his career.
Being a true "Jack of all trades," he has much to say
about everything, and can often be heard long after
taps and long before breakfast. Having found a remedy
for Guptosis and Butcheritis, we are certain that he
will conquer cancer. The only possible obstacle that
may impede Jack's practice would be a weak stomach,
since he can often be seen bent over talking to Ralph.
Like a typical "hotdog" he has experimented with in-
numerable girls, yet he is showing signs of slowing
down, but with "the most wonderful girl in the whole
JOSEPH JACKSON WELCH, III
COURTENAY SOMMERVILLE WELTON, II
JOHN GEORGE WHITACRE
Courtenay Sommerviile Welton, II
English, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Varsity Gmnastics, Rat
Wrestling, English Society, Who's Nobody Club, Cadet
Courtenay's Rat year was uneventful, except for his
many visits to room 336. The real changes started his
third class year. At the beginning of that year he
changed from the math curriculum to civil engineer-
ing and thence to the English department. During his
brief tour as a CE, he was a ranker, but this, too,
changed with his change in curriculum which placed
him temporarily on academic probation.
With the coming of Courtenay's second-class year
many new horizons opened to him. He got off academic
probation, and with his new-found freedom he decided
to take liberties with the system. He made an illegal
intrusion on the Rat mixer.
And now in his first class year he still dates that
girl— we hope it will continue. When she was here
for Openings htis year, he obtained his "good deal"
from Laughin' Larry. This year, though, it was Welton-
4, lnstitute-0. We hope that he will be able to keep up
the record — it is always nice to see someone win.
John George Whitacre
Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Distinguished Military
Student, Rat Fencing Team, ASCE, Newman Club, Cadet
Four years at the Institute has changed John In
many ways. When he first came here, ideas of going
regular army were floating around in his head. Life at
the healthful and pleasant abode, and the tacs, have
changed all that.
Studies seemed all important the first two years, but
now he takes a less harsh view of the book world.
"There is more to living than getting ahead or good
grades," says the handball major (who is also minoring
in Civil Engineering). What's more, this seems to be
true because he is now venturing into the five year
plan after four years of constant talk about flunking
Being a loner, John doesn't make many close
friends, but maybe this is for the best. His ideas of
the Spartan and Viking ways of life, together with
constant talk of homesteading make him hard to
Edwin Glenn White
Mathematics, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military Stu-
dent, Varsity Track-Manager, Rat Cross Country, Rat
Track, Bomb Staff, Glee Club, Timmins Music Society,
Scouters Club — President, Aquatics Club, Fire Fighters,
Highlanders, Cadet Union — Sub-committee Chairman,
P.E. Assistant Instructor, 147 After-taps Cocktail Club.
Every year it seems, a mistake is made in the Admis-
sions Office. Each class comes up with one man who is
able to accomplish the impossible, that is, to beat the
system. Yes, that's our Glenn. Ever since he walked
into the arch he's been giving the slip to the Institute.
More of the U. Va. or Berkeley prototype, some would
just call him a goldbrick, others just lucky, but those
who know him call him resourceful. His vigor and
energy, rarely devoted to the books (this year being
the exception — finally!), usually to be found busily em-
ployed in singing, guitar playing, and permit writing.
Although it would be difficult to classify him as a
cadet, no one can deny that Glenn is a true Brother
Rat in every sense of the word. Those of us who have
been lucky to see him on his during-the-week visits to
the Institute can swear to that. We all wish Glenn the
best when he becomes a Permanent Civilian.
EDWIN GLENN WHITE
Jack Timothy White
Economics, Armor, Pvt., Varsity Baseball, Rat Football,
Southern Conference Baseball Team, Monogram Club.
Jack Tim White, one of the Orange County contin-
gent, came to VMl looking forward to leadership in the
Corps of Cadets. But Tim, after a short time and
frequent trips to the Commandant's Office, saw the
writing on the wall. Unfortunately, so did the division-
al inspectors and boned him 69 times, as a matter of
fact! Tim's contributions to his "beloued" Institute
have been many. He was an outstanding Rat quarter-
back and defensive back, but he decided to trade in
his football career in favor of baseball. A poor de-
cision; Ask the fans in Richmond — they won't soon for-
get the homer, double and single that beat their
Spiders. Jack has turned out to be one of the hottest
prospects to hit the VMl diamond in years. Tim has
lived in the Ghetto the past 2 years, among his kind
of guys. The Ghetto, economics department, and base-
ball team will all miss him, and all wish him luck in
the years to come.
Luther Rawls Williams, Jr.
Biology, Artillery, Pvt., Cpl., Sgt., Distinguished Military
Student, Distinguished Academic Student, Who's Who,
Rat Track, VAS, Fire Fighters, Class Committee, Ring
Figure Committee, Bridge Club, Honor Court, Pioneer
"Luther Williams? Oh, you mean Rawls!"
The Institute's stiffly formal designation for each of
its cadets is quite impersonal, e.g. Williams, L.R. But
what a rich personality is conjured up by the name,
When he wasn't helping a brother rat, playing bas-
ketball, tennis or bridge, watching T.V., or attending a
meeting, Rawls was cramming for a test. What
more appalling way to be the second ranking Biology
major than to be one of the most versatile non-varsity
athletes, an amateur Wall Street financier, an invete-
rate sports buff and, most of all, a cadet who is on a
first mme basis with his entire class. Pre-med stu-
dents are supposed to be automatons, dedicated to one
To b3 confined to one life's ambition or to a small
circle of friends is just not Rawls. His infinite variety
will never leave him.
Arthur Harrison Wilson
English, Armor, Pvt., Cadet Staff, English Society, IRC,
Art came to VMl tentatively seeking a life that
would initiate an army career but the first demerit
period and cadre brought an abrupt switch in his
plans. Art persevered and squeaked through the first
year, thereby frustrating the combined forces of the
TAC staff and rankers allied against him. The next year
brought a newer and more difficult obstacle in the
form of a nightly symphony of clanking radiators and
pipes. After long meticulous research on sleep. Art
succeeded in maintaining both his average and his
sanity. The following year saw a renewed effort in all
fields which boosted his grades and weight, but it
was still a bit of uphill going. Art's first class year was
prec:ded by trips abroad, not all of them made by the
usual mode of transportation. Increased participation
in cadet affairs (such as the E.I.H.), coupled with his
wonderful imagination and ability to draw, leads us
to believe that the future holds much for a sincere
friend and classmate.
JACK TIMOTHY WHITE
ARTHUR HARRISON WILSON
WALTER RUSSELL WINFREE, III
Walter Russell Winfree, III
Biology, Air Force, Pvt., Cpl., Varsity and Rat Judo,
Cadet Staff — Personnel Manager, News Staff.
"Wonderful Winny" has led a somewhat distin-
guished career as a real, live Veemie. From the very
beginning, he led the way becoming the first Brother
Rat of '69 to be summoned to appear before the RDC.
As a matter of fact, he was so anxious to get to VIVII
that he showed up three months early.
This led to his first taste of college social life, be-
coming a bon vivant with the faculty daughters, a
career he pursued for all its advantages. When he
switched majors, he switched girls.
After a brief flirtation with corporal's stripes. Win
settled bacl< into the groove as a dedicated private, a
position he enchanced by being appointed to the ex-
alted post of procurer of Rat Typists for the Cadet.
What can we say?
A cadetship marked by tireless and unending battles
with organic chemistry, Guptology, and Spanish, seems
to be on its way to fulfillment through four years in
the antiseptic halls of med school. Best of luck Brother
Dennis Norwood Witt, Jr.
Civil Engineering, Artillery, Pvt., Sgt., Soccer, Fiat
Wrestling, ASCE, President Newman Club, AFC, Rich-
mond Club, Cadet Battery.
What can you say about a guy for whom they had
to invent a whole new rank? Denny was never really
a spit and-polish bucker, but after three years of
talented privatedom he could be denied no longer.
Presto! Two stripes up and one down . . . Dennis
was a new breed of zebra.
President of the 384 Pink Belly Club and one of
the few select cadets who somehow, despite the
Institute, managed to keep the same girl for four long,
military years, Denny has still had time to wage a
spirited and hard-fought academic battle in the hal-
lowed halls of NEB. And as usual, Denny has emerged
For the future, Denny steps into the outside world
with Anne by his side and all his BR's best wishes
behind him. We are assured he will always finish the
job par excellence — a credit to himself and VMI.
DENNIS NORWOOD Win, JR.
Kerry Colston Woodroof
Biology, Armor, Pvt., Dean's List, Rat Wrestling, Rat
Cross Country, Cadet Staff — Features Writer and Ex-
change Editor, VAS.
Behind that sleepy-eyed smirk lurks . . . mighty
mite. Known in Boobsville as "The King," sometimes
the much abused "Chump" has none the less proven
his value as a military man and handball extraordi-
His ambitions as a cadet have settled in academic
goals after a rocky initiation into the biology rat-
race. His efforts at study have never prevented him
from enjoying the three glories of life: his bed, good
food, and football. His greatest ghetto achievement
was a weekend sleep-in reported to have reached some
30 plus hours, certainly no mean achievment in view
of the ghetto sleep greats.
K.C. will have no trouble realizing his career as a
doctor. His generosity and sincere loyalty have made
h!m a valuable, lifelong friend. Kerry is ready to
tackle life now . . . ready to apply a few of the
lessons learned and grab that tiger. As long as pecan
pie remains his favorite type, he will remain "The
King" and roll, baby roll!
James Gleason Woods
Biology, Infantry, Cpl., Sgt., Lt., Distinguished Mili-
tary Student, Dean's List, Fire Fighters, Cadet Union,
Chairman — Rat Social Committee.
From an inconspicuous Rat, 69's sole representative
from the Bluegrass state emerged as platoon leader
of Delta company's "Mighty Third." All was not peaches
and cream, however. As Ring Figure company com-
mander, Jim picked up a quick 10-2-10 for allowing a
Brother Rat's date in ranks, but what a way to go!
Jim, however, was soon to return to contemplating.
His next visit tc the powers that be coincided with a
similar one by the regimental commander. The In-
stitute put forth an amazing demonstration of equality
among cadets. Six kept six and two, well! A sym-
pathetic Cadet article spoke of "Jim Trees," to protect
the something less than innocent. It was Institute two
and Trees zero. Jim was now a charter member of
the elite club that pounds the pavement. In this
darkest hour, our good-natured Kentuckian demon-
strated neither resentment nor despair, but made the
most of his carefree months as a private.
JAMES GLEASON WOODS
Bradford Norman Worthington
"Brad" "B.N." "Wort"
Chemistry, Armor, Pvt., Distinguished Military Student,
Dean's List, ACS, YRC. Regimental Debate Society,
Band, Fire Fighters, Political Science Society, Colonel
Ritchey's Snow Shovel Squad.
"Oh God, rat! King! Petrella! How could you let
him come out like this?" Thus, B.N.'s unique fatigue
pants and blouse ensemble failed to net him the
"Best Dressed Rat" award.
Chemistry took on a new meaning the second class
year as Wort became the lead man in Colonel Ritchey's
Snow Shovel Squad. Finances looked better as ROTC
checks helped replenish the fortune in apples he'd
lost in learning to count. Wort had visions of grad
school and studied for a change. And found those four
day furloughs weren't so bad.
9 March 1968, opened a new, wonderful page for
Wort. Nancy was the first girl Brad ever knew who
could effectively compete with the chemistry depart-
ment for his time.
Brad was glad to graduate before Col. Pickle could
make the curriculum any harder, although Instrument
Man and Dr. Sideburns presented interesting chal-
John Walter Zunka
"John" "The Fox"
Economics, Armor, Cpl., Sgt., Capt. — CO Band Com-
pany, Distinguished Military Student, Who's Who,
Rifle Team, Honor Court — Prosecutor, Timmins So-
ciety, Hop and Floor Committee, Ring Figure Com-
mittee, Contact Committee, I.G.B.A.
Who would have thought that behind that innocent
face lurked "The Fox'" Hailing from woods near "the
beginning of the Skyline Drive," Tweety has become
one of the "greats" at VMI. It would be foolish to
enumerate John's accomplishments. As well as being
a dedicated Economics student, John is devoted to
the preservation of VMI ideals. His ability to combine
military, academic, extra-curricular, and social aspects
in their proper perspective has been responsible for
his success. John has earned the friendship and the
respect of all men. Time and again, John has demon-
strated his leadership ability. Coming through the
ranks as an Armor Cadet, he has risen to be a Com-
pany Commander. As a leader, he has never shied
away from any task, even if it involved taking time
from his schedule to make periodic road trips. We all
wish "Zunk" the best as he leaves us with one un-
answered question: Will the Red "Fox" ever lose his
JOHN WALTER ZUNKA
Front Royal, Virginia
Allan d'Andelot Belin
Franklin Wright Webb
In Memory of our Dykes, Class of 1966
William Demarest Huyler, Jr.
John Henry Lattin, Jr.
WILLIAM DEMAREST HUYLER, JR.
Short Hills, New Jersey
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Artillery, Battery A
2nd Infantry Division
Killed in action 14 September
1967 while serving as a forward
observer for an infantry unit,
Vietnam . . .
He was dyked by Walt Laundon.
JOHN HENRY t
Columbus, Ohio .,,
Company F (Long Range PaW!)
Died 15 December 1967 from
wounds received while on a long
range reconnaissance patrol
when the patror engaged a hos-
tile force in a firefight.
He was dyked by Frank Nova-
JOSEf>H MILBURN LINGLE, JR.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
25th Infantry Division
Died 25 April 1967 of wounds
received from fragments of a
land mine . . .
He was dyked by Tom Buckner.
". . . Died On The Field Of Honor"
Joseph Milburn Lingle, Jr.
Donald James Mattaro, Jr.
Mark Crosby Whittier
Walter C. Anderson, III
Frank B. Easterly
Gerald J. Fresia
Philip G. Gardner
Robert A. Habasevich
Michael V. Harper
Steven G. Harrington
Robert A. Heely
John W. Kennedy
Lawrence R. Lenz
Henry C^ L'Orange
Joseph G. Lynch
John C. Mitchell
Graham Y. Moore, III
Joseph V. Naselli
Frank E. Novakowski
Timothy J. Rahm
Michael L Santoro, Jr.
Robert D. Slay, Jr.
R. Deaton Smith, Jr.
L. Rawls Williams,. Jr.
John W. Zunka
The First Class . . .
Who's Nobody Club
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The Second Class
1 May 1969
In two weeks the first class will graduate. When
it does, the Class of 1969 will be but another
number of the Old Corps, and we, the Class of
1970, will take our places as the leaders of the
Corps of Cadets. But as I think of the past three
years that '69 and 70 have shared here, I am
surprised that time so filled, so fraught, has passed
so quickly. I glance at the symbol of VMI I wear
on my finger— and recall the uphill journey that
culminated beneath an arch of carmine roses last
Thanksgiving. Until that moment, the confronta-
tion of time and problems seemed without re-
ward. There, what had been but a dream for two
years became, finally, reality. All those class meet-
ings, last minute deadlines, financial impossibili-
ties, and working committees did produce a suc-
cessful Ring Figure, with the lowest assessment
on record. Who really thought those bricks from
demolished Alumni Hall would sell as we gathered
them from the debris across the parade field?
Even the Ring Magazine was successful beyond
expectations. All those projects we initiated—
Homecoming buttons, candy sale, the faculty din-
ner-dance, the wild parties— left both lasting
memories and a knowledge that our class, though
composed of able individuals, was working and
living as a close-knit and co-operating unit. Ring
Figure was a time of excitement, of emotion, of
energy, of expectation; its memories will be vibrant
and alive long after we are of the Old Corps.
This Ring reminds each of us, I am sure, of
all these things and more. Yes, to the outside
world it may appear to be an ostentatious symbol.
But to us, the Class of 1970, as it has been and
will be to the Class of 1969, this ring represents
the responsibility and the honor we will realize
and challenge next fall.
Mark L. Albright
Robert D. Alger
Rep, Dem, du Congo
Phillip R. Anderson
Edwin E. Andrews, III
Robert C. Armstrong
Alvah C. Arnn
David R. Axelson
North Springfield, Va.
George M. Bach
John T. Bailey
Richard F. Balderson, Jr.
Harold F. Bare, Jr.
Albert J. Bast, III
Falls Church, Va.
Glen A. Birdsall
Falls Church, Va.
Robert M. Blair, Jr.
J. S. Bllckensderfer, Jr.
White Plains, N.Y.
William B. Bott
Bruce Bowden, Jr.
Herbert C. Braun
Clifton R. Brooks, Jr.
Robert P. Brown, Jr.
Gary A. Bubb
Natrona Hts., Pa.
John W. Burton, III
Harvey A. Butler, Jr.
Richard J. Cabaniss
Rapheal B. Caire
Daniel E. Campbell
Bowling Green, Va.
Thomas E. Campbell
Martins Ferry, 0.
Robert H. Candido
Michael B. Carruth
Fred E. Carver
James G. Chandler
Buffalo Junction. Va.
Terrence J. Chewning
William W. Chiswell, II
Douglas G. CIsler
Richard M. Clary
Frank A. Cleaton, Jr.
South Hill, Va.
Thomas B. Cllngerman
James M. Coleman
South Hill, Va.
Judson W. Collier, Jr.
Thomas S. Cooke, III
Robert R. Copty
Richard A. Corbet
Ralph L. Costen, Jr.
Robert R. Costigan
Clinton L. Cowardin
Steven C. Craddock
Donald S. Crawford
David J. Curry
San Antonio, Tex.
William M. Curtis, Jr.
Clifford Davenport, Jr
Charles W. Davis
Douglas K. Davis
Falls Church, Va
James P. Dawson
Laurence W. Dempsey
Howard G. DeWolf
James B. Dischinger, Jr.
Cyrus A. Dolph, IV
North PO, Va.
Garland T. Durvin, Jr.
Ronald R. Eagle
Timothy P. Farley
Virginia Beach, Va.
James D. Fauntleroy, III
Thomas G. Ferguson, Jr.
Michael A. Ferrari
John F. Fischer
Richard P. Fitzgibbons
John P. Flemtning, IV
Robert C. Forrest, III
Franklin T. Fowler
Eugene R. Freedman
Cherry Hill, N.J.
Rory J. Frey
Stephen B. Friski
Front Royal, Va.
George W. Gearhart, Jr.
Dewey P. George, Jr.
James P. Gillespie
Floyd L. Ginn
Joseph G. Girlando, Jr.
Michael L. Hannum
Cherry Hill, N.J.
Robert W. Hart
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Ben Harvey, III
APO San Francisco, Calif.
Willis L. Hatcher, Jr.
Falls Church, Va.
Robert C. Hawthorne
Roy R. Heddleston
Ronald A. Henry
Edward D. Holmes
William H. Howard, III
Johnson City, Tenn.
William W. Huffman, Jr.
Frank T. Humphrey, Jr.
Wilbert F. Huntley, Jr.
Daniel J. Ingelldo
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Walter Ivkovich, Jr.
Michael J. Iwanik
Joseph E. Jenkins, III
Fort Lee, Va.
Albert S. Johnson, III
The Second Class
George A. Jones, Jr.
Randolph B. Jones
Tappey H. Jones
Virginia Beach, Va.
Wayland D. Jones
John R. Jordan
Virginia Beach, Va.
Philip E. Jornlin
David R. Keller
Camp Hill, Pa.
John H. Kern
Gregory S. KInsey
Donald B. Kirchner
Beaver Falls, Pa.
Alfred E. Kirk
Richard H. Knight, Jr.
Peter I. C. Knowles, II
Jerry G. Kuehn
Falls Church, Va.
Glenn J. Kuntz
Raymond H. Lanier, Jr.
Carlyle M. Lash
David A. Lawrence
Albert H. Leu, Jr.
Thomas J. Love, Jr.
John F. Ludt, IV
Jeffrey A. Lyon
Jack R. Mace, Jr.
Burt C. MacKenzie, III
Singers Glen, Va.
Michael D. Manis
Charles H. Marks, III
James R. Marshall
Thomas C. Massey
Walter P. Massle, Jr.
James 0. Mawyer
Steven J. McAuliffe
Robert L. McClure
John C. McLemore
Donald E. McQueen
CADETS USE OTHE
Charles E. D. Meybin
David L. Miller
Bethel Parl(, Pa.
William L. Moon
Robert E. Moore, Jr.
Benjamin F. Morris, Jr.
Paul G. Munch
William W. Murchison
Cyril E. Neiley, Jr.
James L. Nelson, Jr.
James R. Nelson
Kerry R. Newberry
Gerald de B. Nickelsburg
Thomas A. Norris, III
Richard B. Nowitzky
David D. Nuckols
Dennis M. O'Connor
William R. O'Connor
Dennis M. O'Donnell
Richard E. Oppel
flshton H. Ormes
John L. Pappas
Robert H. Parent
S. Attleboro, Mass,
John R. Parsons
Cape Charles, Va,
Bruce A. Pates, III
Robert W. Patrick
David W. Payne
Carl R. Perelli-Minetti
Edgar J. T. Pcrrow
Charles B. Perry, II
William R. Purcell
Robert F. E. Quinlan
Bruce E. Rambo
Robert B. Randle, II
Sol W. Rawls, III
Claude L. Reynolds, Jr.
William B. Richardson, II
George H. Ritko
Newport News, Va.
Michael B. Robblea
Falls Church, Va.
Robert A. Rolfe
Richard E. Schellhammer
William S. Scherer
David K. Schmidt
Donald C. Seay
Ronald W. Seyford
John C. Shackelford
Michael D. Shealy
Virginia Beach, Va.
John J. Sheedy, Jr.
Jersey City, N.J.
James W. Shelby
Michael F. Sheu
Mount Kisco, N.Y.
Rodney F. Shu
Harland E. Sisler, Jr.
Julian H. Smith, Jr.
Terry R. Smith
Edwin A. Snead, II
Clifton Forge, Va.
George M. Snead, III
James R. Spacek
Robert J. Sperberg
Thomas N. Spink, Jr.
Buenos Aires, Argentina, S.A.
Robert B. Spore
Virginia Beach, Va.
Daniel T. Stephens
Bethel Park, Pa.
Linwood N. Steverson
Virginia Beach, Va.
The Second Class
William C. Strickland
Carl A. Strock
John J. Tice, IV
David J. Trenholm
Newport News, Va.
Edwin R. Trinkle
Whiteman S. Truette, III
Carson L. Tucker
Newport News, Va.
Gary P. Tyler
Jerry R. Van Lear
Roland H. Vaughan
Joseph E. Vojtecky
Natrona Heights. Pa.
Jonathan S. Vordermark, II
Alvin W. Wadford, Jr.
Warren C. Wagner
Charles W. Walker
Richard R. Walker
Virginia Beach, Va.
George H. Warden, Jr.
Gerald L. Waterman, Jr.
APO New York, N.Y.
John S. Waters
John C. Watson, Jr.
Joseph H. Way, Jr.
Gary A. Welshaar
The Second Class
Frederick M. Werth, Jr.
Donnie E. Wheatley
Frank H. Whitenack, IV
Burlington, N C
Robert H. Wieler
Syosset LI NY
Gordon E. Williams
Park Ridge III
William P. Williams
Charles L. Wills, Jr.
Roanoke Rapids N C.
Donald V. W. Wills
Crofton B. Wilson
Kenneth R. Wilson
Jerry S. Woo
Michael M. Wood
Virginia Beach, Va.
Robert L. Wood
George Yurchak, Jr.
Thomas H. Zarges
The Third Class
Not in the clamor of the crowded street
Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng,
But in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.
The class of 1971 is hesitant to look back upon what has passed with any
marked degree of nostalgia. We are reluctant to praise the year gone by as a
valued one. We feel ill at ease in projecting the leaders of yesterday into one
idealized future. We move slowly, cautiously, and deliberately. Yet we move in
one direction, guiding our energies, our potentials, and indomitable vigor away
from what most of us feel was the stasis of yesteryear.
Each and every year the third class attempts to recollect all the facts and
episodes of its "rat" year into one compendium of reader-digest humor and
fondest memories. They usually succeed in telling their story with ingenious
semantics. They draw their picture with a divergence of colorings, touching
both ends of the spectrum.
Now it Is our turn to do the same. But as we go to pick up our instruments
of expression we find that the ink-well has gone dry and our brushes are
hardened with cracked oils and paints. It seems our story has been told.
The class of 1971 does not wish to rehash its tradition. The ratline is the
ratline, with its innumerable inconveniences and its immeasurable value to the
individual. The class privileges are self-explanatory, they come with the passing
of time and demand little but patience and tolerance. We accept these aspects
of VMI. We respect them. Yet we feel compelled to go beyond that which is
expected of us. We are urged by the voices which are silenced by the rants
and raves of "Rah Virginia Mil . . ." to say something more. And we do so.
We often find ourselves passing judgment on VMI, a judgment which is
usually unqualified and invariably prejudiced. Spending one year at the Institute
is hardly enough time to render the thoughtful opinions and admissible com-
ments which are asked of us. The system and its workings were seen through
the bewildered eyes of an abashed and confounded freshman— the rat. There-
fore, the third class will neither praise nor criticize the system until we have
had time to see it in a valid perspective.
However, there is one single matter which does not need four years of
experience to comment on; one single matter to which we the class of 1971
hold in the highest esteem: Character. Longfellow said that it is nurtured
in the personal triumphs and defeats of our lives. We know well what he
means. We know well the significance of the word. We know well the salience
of its connotation. Consequently, we shall never forget that word. In the future
our actions will hopefully exemplify it. In short, character becomes our class
above all other desired qualities. We shall never let the "system" and its
numerous practicalities become so important and so overpowering that we lose
sight of our integrity and rectitude. It happens too easily. We are the Class
of 1971 ... and we shall remain the Class of 1971— to the end.
The Third Class
James L. Adams
Samuel T. Adams, Jr.
The Plains, Va.
James H. Aldous, Jr.
David G. Allen
Philip D. Allum
Mark C. Anderson
Edward W. Artiglia
March AFB, Calif.
Andrew N. Ash
John L. Ashman
William A. Atkinson
Robert E. Balch
Steven E. Ballowe
Fred E. Banister, Jr.
Lundy M. Barkley, Jr.
Charles R. Barksdale, Jr.
Michael J. Baxter
APO San Francisco, Calif.
Emery E. Baya
Alexander A. Bearov, IV
William G. Beattie
Front Royal, Va.
William D. Beckner
Frank E. Caruso
James C. Caul
John B. Caulfield
Robert S. Chrlstensen, Jr.
Richard G. Clampitt
Richard L. Clary
Kenneth H. Coleman
Alan H. Cook
David C. Coulter
Christopher M. Councill
Louis J. Cowardin, Jr.
Wallace G. Cox, Jr.
The Third Class
George J. Dancigers
New Rochelle, N.Y
Albert M. Davis
Virginia Beach, Va
Calvin R. Depew, Jr.
John H. Donahoe
Virginia Beach, Va
Russell H. Driskill, Jr.
Reid M. Dudley
James M. Dunlap, Jr.
John A. Ebeling, Jr.
Robert E. Echols
Jan L. Essenburg
Wayne A. Faires
Gregory A. Fischer
Thomas A. Fitzgerald
Robert C. Flanagan
Stephen C. Fogleman
Charles T. Forrest
Paul D. Fraim
Douglas C. France, III
Sidney G. Friend, Jr.
Falls Church. Va.
Edward Frothingham, III
Aiea Oahu, Hawaii
Macdowell I. Garrett
John W. Gatewood
Newport News, Va.
Ronald L. Gault, Jr.
James D. Gearhart
William H. Gentry, II
Paul F. Gibson
Falls Church, Va.
William L. Ginder
Roy M. Glass, Jr.
Timothy P. Golden
Steven W. Good
Sargent J. Goodpasture
Rorer J. Grant
James S. Gray
Virginia Beach, Va.
Ralph B. Groome
David M. Guffey
John 0. Guthrie
Thomas F. Guthrie, III
Thomas W. Hall
Robert D. Kardlan
Frederick M. Kay
James R. Kelly
Jerome F. Kelly
David H. Kennedy
Malcolm T. Kerley
Falls Church, Va.
David R. King
Samuel H. Kirby, Jr.
Philip A. Kllm
John G. R. Kreamer
David J. Krug
Gales Ferry, Conn.
Robert R. LaMoe
Thomas L. Loizzi
Windsor C. Lynch, III
Cherry Hill, N.J.
Michael 0. Maler
Steven M. Marks
Panama, Canal Zone
Thomas E. Martenstein
Michael G. Martin
Jackson W. Landham, III
David A. Lawler
Thomas W. Lawson
Terry L. Leake
Ronald L. Lewis
Allen K. Lindsay
Charles B. Lindsey
Richard B. Littleton, Jr.
Richard M. Lloyd
Robert S. Lockridge, Jr.
The Third Class
Harry C. Mason, Jr.
Stephen C. Matthews
Robins AFB, Ga.
Robert V. Mazzon
Robert N. McEwan
John M. McGuigan, Jr.
Donald R. McMath
Cape Charles. Va
Ronald L. Meng
John R. Metzger
Falls Church, Va.
Ned M. Mikula
Virginia Beach. Va.
Douglas B. Miles
Kirk C. Miller, III
Scott S. Miller
Herbert H. Moore, III
James D. Morefield
Kirk R. Murray
James R. Neale
James M. Neikirk
John T. Nelsen, II
Green Bay, Vtfis.
Robert C. Neville
John H. Nilon
John P. Noon
Michael T. North
Marion D. Oakley, Jr.
Barry L. O'Donnell
Dennis P. O'Geary
Edward P. O'Loughlln, II
Pompton Plains, N.J.
Walter S. Otwell
Paul L. Pace
Loyd R. Padgett, Jr.
Oscar E. Padgett
Mark fl. Palmar
James G. Pasco
John M. Paton
Edward J. Patrick
Charles F. Pearman
Daniel E. Peer
James W. Pendleton
Brewster Perry, Jr.
Jeffrey C. Peters
Douglas N. Petersen
Virginia Beach, Va.
Robert N. Petrola
Aaron R. Phillips
Robert M. Pickral
Kenneth R. Piernick
West Springfield, Va.
Allen R. Potts, Jr.
The Third Class
Stephen C. Price
Falls Church, Va.
Joseph C. Pritchard
Christopher C. Rackley
Medford G. Ramey, Jr.
Richard E. Randolph
Charles A. Raymaker
Lewis F. Rea
Bethel Park, Pa.
James L. Reid, Jr.
Craig D. Rhodes
APO New York, N.Y.
Stephen L. RIngenberg
George H. Robbins, Jr.
Charles C. Roder, Jr.
Michael G. Rogers
William C. Rose
James M. Rovito
Douglas L. Rowe
Bruce A. Rush
Stephen L. Sanetti
John W. Saunders
Geoffrey G. Shelhorn
David L. Schrader
Glen Rock, N.J.
Michael D. Shriver
George R. Sebekos
Seaford, L.I., N.Y.
Richard E. N. Sedwick
James S. Sefick
Cambria Heights, NY.
Arthur J. Shelter, Jr.
Charles H. Shomo, II
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William F. Siebert, III
Setauket, LI., N.Y.
Howard K. Simmons
John W. Sloan, III
Alvin E. Smith
Newport News, Va.
IVIichael A. Smith
Randall L Snow
Robert J. Snyder
Gary W. Sender
Charles T. Sowers
Martinsburg W Va
Richard J. Spence
Francis M Spnnkel Jr.
James H. Sprouse, III
Richard M. Staley
William L. Stallings
Richard R. Stegemerten
William J. Stermer
William M. Stith, III
Randolph D. Stowe
Michael A. Strickland
Michael M. Strickler
Virginia Beach, Va.
Robert J. Sublett
Robert W. Sydnor
Joseph B. Tarlton
Mount Pleasant, N.C.
Alan I. Tashima
Donald E. league, Jr.
Richard W. Terry, Jr.
John F. Thomas
Mark H. Thompson
San Diego, Calif.
Craig R. Toussaint
David S. Tribolet
Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.
Larry A. Truesdell
Edward L. Tucker
Steven L. Turner
Burton R. Tuxford, II
Gerald W. Upton
Perry F. Van Hooser, III
Reid S. Van Riper
Charles M. Venable
Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Edward C. A. Wachtmeister
William F. Wadsworth, III
Severna Park, Md.
James S. Walker
John J. Walklet, III
John A. Wall, Jr.
High Point, N.C.
Duront A. Walton, Jr.
Walter J. Ward, III
Cleveland Heights, 0.
John B. Watterson
James E. Westbrook
Rolfe D. White
Front Royal. Va.
Herbert G. Whitley
The Third Class
William G. Wickun
Larry C. WIese
James H. Wilder, II
Douglas L. Wilkinson, Jr.
John M. Willis, III
San Antonio, Tex.
William H. Willis, III
Chase City, Va.
James P. Wise
South Hill, Va.
Robert E. Wiseman
Timothy L. Wofford
Samuel T. Wright
Melvin I. Years
Kenneth A. Yorgey
John R. Youell
San Juan, P.R.
Andrew M. Yurchak
John L. Zirkle
Round Hill, Va.
The Fourth Class
Unlike the freshmen before us, we were not permitted the
thrill of the ratline until we hit the fourth stoop. Hot and humid
August did little to make our coming experiences any more
pleasant. Existing on or in spite of salt tablets, short snoozes,
and a hearty "good morning" from our cadre sergeants, we
somehow miraculously staggered through those first seven days
of simulated hell. The rat picnic, three days after our arrival,
was the only reprieve from the demanding life into which we
were initiated. Upon our return from those six hours of freedom,
we began to anticipate the return of the Old Corps four days
What a relief when the Old Corps returned!(?) Classes com-
menced; the time available for military training was considerably
reduced. Yet, with polishing and studying vying for our attention,
we found that academics were not easy. Helped through the first
turbulent weeks by our dykes, we gradually settled into a routine
broken only by the excitement of cheer rallies and football
During the first semester, to our amazement, there were some
temporary escapes from the hard and unrelenting ratline.
Opening Hops were welcomed by everyone and proved that girls
still existed. The second happening. Parents' Weekend, was even
more enthusiastically welcomed. The rat mixer gave each of us
the opportunity to discover the flowering and budding beauties
of the surrounding girls' colleges. And then it came ... the
Corps trip to Richmond. With the exception of those poor souls
on confinement, we enjoyed a weekend free from the rigid
discipline of VMI. The trip to Roanoke proved just as fulfilling,
primarily because of the party given for us by the third class.
The weekend following the trip, we experienced the Class of
70's Ring Figure and the long look forward to our own, a
seemingly impossible two years away, was born.
With December came exams. We faced these final
trials with mixed emotions, but at the completion of the
nine grueling days, we were released for our long-awaited
Christmas vacation, and for nearly three weeks all was
Our return in January brought about an aspect of VMI
we had not before considered. We felt for the first time
the depression and loneliness inherent in the return from
furlough, and we experienced the endless monotony of
the "Dark Ages". We thought of those who had not re-
turned; we felt a sense of pride that we had decided to
Midwinters weekend came so slowly that it seemed it
would never arrive. It was over so quickly that it seemed
as if it had never been. Our thoughts were now directed
toward one night in March when we would become a
class. We were surprised, however, when the end of the
ratline came in late February by administrative decree.
Our class showed its spirit and its support of the first
class by rejecting the traditional ceremonies.
After Spring furlough, it became obvious that we had
made a place for ourselves. When we elected the officers
who were to lead our class through the next three years.
we learned that becoming a class brought not only privileges,
but responsibilities as well.
White ducks, Easters, and FTX passed, and, before we knew it,
the horrifying spectre of examinations loomed again. To our
surprise we found that time can pass quickly, even at VMI. As
our dykes gave their last class yell, our thoughts turned not
only to the experiences ws had shared with them, but to the
distant future and to the day when we too would complete the
unique VMI cycle.
The Fourth Class
Jackson M. Ahlstedt
Charles M. Alberto, Jr.
Bradford W. Allen
Frederick C. Allison
William D. Andrews
John S. Archer, III
Christopher M. Arey
John B. Ashcraft
Gennaro A. Aveta, Jr.
Francis W. Bacon, III
James M. Barker
Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
James H. Barnes, Jr.
James B. Bartley
Robert P. Bartley
North Brunswick, N.J.
Norris W. Bass
Frederic L. Bauer
Ralph M. Beerbower
William R. Beerbower
Vernon L. Beitzel
James R. Bell, Jr.
Front Royal, Va.
Thomas M. Belton
Robert B. Benham
Honeoye Falls, N.Y.
Robert A. Benson
James L. Bersson
Falls Church, Va.
Richard K. Bishop, Jr.
Raymond E. Blair, Jr.
Steven C. Blair
Charles L. Board, Jr.
Richard J. Bolus
Arthur P. Bona, Jr.
Ronald H. Church
Big Stone Gap, Va.
Philip E. Clayton
Timothy R. Cleland
John M. Cobb
William C. Collier
Kim B. Colls
Richard G. Condit
David E. Condon, Jr.
Charles E. Conklin, Jr.
William K. Cooper
Raymond G. Craigmiles
Stanford W. Crane, Jr.
Charles C. Crim
New Market, Va.
Joel P. Crowe
William D. Cupit
Noland S. Cutler, III
Newport News, Va.
Kevin A. Daigh
William E. Daniel, III
Thomas T. Daniels
Bon Air, Va.
Douglas M. Davenport
Andrew L. Davis
Robert A. Depew
Richard H. Deranek, Jr.
Joseph A. Derie, II
Talmage L. Dillon
Jon R. DiMarco
James F. Doyle, Jr.
Virginia Beach. Va.
Gerald R. Dudeck
Robert E. Duncan
William H. Dunlap
Paul G. Dunn
John E. Durst
Stephen B. Dzialo
Walter A. Edens, Jr.
Thomas A. Edwards
Oxon Hill, Md.
Chester F. Elliot, III
James P. Embrey
The Plains, Va.
Gary L. Entsminger
Robert L. Fagge, II
Clayborne P. Fauber
Richard H. Faught
Robert T. Ferguson, III
John F. Fick, III
Marc L. Fielder
Camden R. Fine
Jefferson City, Mo.
Douglas C. Finlayson
William M. Finney
Scott C. Fleetwood
Dale M. Flick
Fort Knox, Ky.
Richard W. Flowers
Frank L. Foley
Larry H. Foster
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William C. Foster
John R. Freeman, Jr.
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John W. Freiermuth
New City, N.Y.
Walter E. Galanty, Jr.
David S. Galbraith
Barry A. Garland
Michael E. Gaulding
George W. Goodrow, III
Har[7 W. Gore, Jr.
Robert M. Gore
APO San Francisco, Calif.
Paul A. Gorski
North Haven. Conn.
Williani P. Greene
Charles City. Va.
Gregory M. Griffith
Richard C. Griffith
Peter F. Grojean
Shawn P. Grumblatt
Scott T. Haas
Granada Hills. Calif.
Richard A. Hack
Ft. Lewis, Wash.
Randall A. Haines
Charles B. Hall
Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.
David B. Hall
Falls Church, Va.
Frederick P. A. Hammersen
El Paso, Tex.
Jack K. Hamsher, Jr.
Andrew L. Hannah, Jr.
George W. Harrell
Brinton K. Harrison
Lee R. Harrison
Roger 0. Hart
Chase City, Va.
Thomas C. Hathaway, III
Zeno F. Henningcr
Gerard W. Higgins
Pearl River, N.Y.
Lee 0. Hill, Jr.
Carsten H. Hillson
Francis S. Hinchion
Steve E. Hively
Charles E. Hock, Jr.
Charles F. Holsen
Green Valley, Ariz.
Jacob G. Hornberger, Jr.
James G. S. Home
Ft. Monmouth, N.J.
Lawrence E. Houseworth
Wade L. Houston
James E. Hubbard, Jr.
John P. Hughes, IV
Stanley 0. Huie
Adolph H. Humphreys, Jr.
Steven D. Hunt
James C. Ingram
Larry R. Jefferson
Miles S. Johnson, Jr.
Christopher R. Jones
Richard S. Jones
Mt. Holly, N.J.
James G. Kellam, Jr.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Richard M. Kennedy
FPO New York, N.Y.
James C. Kidd, Jr.
Michael E. King
William E. Kinne
Christopher J. KInsler
New Orleans, La.
Theodore J. Kirk
William L. Kirk, Jr.
Haruey M. Kneisc
Joseph H. Knick
George Kosovic, Jr.
Thomas W. Kowalski
Jacksonville Beach, Fla,
Arthur E. LaGarde, Jr.
Graydon T. Lahmers
Ronnie 0. Lau
Hong Kong, B.C.C.
Thomas P. Lauery
Peter I. Leadbetter, II
D. Patrick Ledford
New Brighton, Pa
Tommy E. Leemon
Roger R. Lodi
Joseph M. Logan
William H. Long
Robert A. Lynch
Douglas B. MacLean
Robert M. MacMeccan, Jr.
Dewey L. Marker
Joseph E. Martin, Jr.
John H. Martin, Jr.
Robert W. Massie, Jr.
Robert E. Maxfield
Walter H. Meier, III
Jack G. Miller
Newport News, Va.
Richard J. Minor
Prince George, Va.
John M. Mitchell
Thomas 6. Moncure
James P. Monos, Ji.
Terry G. Montgomery
Boulder City, Nev.
William P. Moore, Jr.
John D. Moorhead
Joseph D. Morgan
Cristobal, Canal Zone
Francis M. Mullen, Jr.
William L. Mundie, Jr.
Marshall W. Muros
Christopher C. Murphy
Marvin E. Murphy
Irvin C. Murray, III
Oxon Hill Md
Robert A. Murray, III
Panama, Republic of Panama
Joseph P. Nealon
Douglas A. Nichols
Thomas A. Nogay
Stephen C. Nunnally
Old Bethpage, N.Y.
Joseph L. O'Brien, Jr.
Michael J. Oglesby
Warren T. Olde, Jr.
William A. Opipare
Charles L. Overby
Buena Vista, Va.
James D. Pagones
Jack R. Palmer
Steven W. Palmer
Ronald W. Pamperl
Louis S. Pappas
Thomas W. Parkins
Harry R. Partridge
Virginia Beach Va
George R Patrick
Richard A. Patterson
James A. Payne
James C. Pettyjohn
Randolph G. Piddington
Mark H. Pieklik
New Shrewsbury, N.J.
Raymond M. Pinkard, Jr.
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Robert K. Pinkerton
APO New York, N.Y.
Richard S. Pitman
Harold W. Plott
John T. Pool
William H. Powley
Silver Spring, Md.
Lewis M. Preas
Frank M. Price, Jr.
Luther D. Pritchard, Jr.
Jose' A. Raffucci, Jr.
William W. Spyker
David A. Stauss
Falls Church, Va.
Robert V. Stranshy
Geoffrey A. Straugfin
Round Pond, Me.
Robert J. Ward
Lynn S. Weihrauch
Louis S. Welker
Herman B. West, III
Newport News, Va.
Kenneth W. Wester
Falls Ctiurch, Va,
James J. Yolda, Jr.
Jacob H. Yost, III
William N. Youel!
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Wayne S. Young
Virginia Beach, Va.
Keith M. Younger
Fort Belvoir, Va.
George B. Williams
Newport News, Va.
Christopher M. Williamson
Thomas W. Williamson, Jr.
Richard W. Wilson
Henry C. L'Orange
Paul A. Curs
Raymond R. Hitchcock
James P. Campbell
gimental Sergeant IVIajor
Lewis D. Henderson, Jr.
Regimental Operations Sgt.
Michael J. Ragland
gimental Supply Sergeant
Charles P. Becker
John W. Zunka
James W. Baker
Vance J. Petrella
Bob Perelli Minetti
First Class Privates
Patrick D. King
Raymond W. Ihienburg
Ronald R. Wall
YOVTHS PRESSING VP-THE- HILL- OF- SCIENCE: WITH -NOBLE -EMv'LATION
STATE: OBJECTS-OF HONEST -PRIDE -TO -THEIR- INSTRyCTORS- AND FAIR
SPECIMENS- OF - CITIZEN - SOLDIERS : ATTACHED TO -THEIR- NATIVE - STATE
PROVD OF HER FAME AND READY IN EVERY TIME OF DEEPEST PERIL
TO NttNDICATP-Htfl i-r^NOR- OR -^EFEN^ HEP^RIC^TS ^
Lt. Col. Leon McCall, Jr., Company Tactical Officer
Frank E. Novakowski
Robert B. Flowers
Robert C. Maurer
Frederick M. Downey, II
William H. Tauskey
Battalion Sergeant Major
Maj. Charles R. Weaver
Battalion Staff Advisor
Dennis N. Witt, Jr.
Battalion Operations Sgt.
First Class Privates
Captain Estel E. Elklns
Company Tactical Officer
Harry W. Butler, III
Lloyd W. McGrady
Mark L. Griffin
Michael V. ffarper
A. Michael Dean
Harold C. Fleischer, III
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SPECIMENS -OF -CITIZEN -SOLDIERS ' ATTACHED TO-THEIR- NATIVE -STATE
PROVD OF HER FAME AND READY IN EVERY TIME OF DEEPEST PERIL
George M. Brydon, III
William R. DeWitI
David H. Altizer
Robert C. Leibecke, Jr.
THE HEALTHFVLAND-PLEASANTABODEOFA- CROWD OF' HONORABLE
YOyiHS PRESSINjGVP-THE- HILL' OF' SCIENCE: WITH NOBLE EMVLATION
AGRATIFYINC SPECTACLE: AN'HONORTOOVRCOVNTRYAND'OVR
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PROVD OF HER- FAME AND READY IN EVERY TIME OF DEEPEST PERIL
Graham M. Parks
Robert A. Habasevich
James A. Puryear
Major David A. Noake
Company Tactical Officer
Robert A. Heely
Richard A. Snow
Thomas J. Reynolds, II
William A. Romanchick
THE HEALTHFVLANe-'FLEASANTABODE OF A- CROWD OF HONORABLE
Y9YTHSPR£SS1^1GVP■THEHILL■0F■SC1ENCE:^)^ITH NOBLE EtvfYl-ATION
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SPECIMENS OF CmZEN SOLDIERS ATTACHED TO THEIR NATIVE STATE
PROYD OF HER FAME AND READY IN EVERY TIME OF DEEPEST PERIL
J. B. Tucker
Sugar Bear Neiley
J. C. Watson
J. D. Biggs
Gerald J. Fresia
David B. Hagan
James W. Dixon
First Class Privates
Walter C. Laundon
Pete Van Hooser
H. L. McCulloch
Mr. "V" Vekavakayanondha
Joseph G. Spicer, Jr.
G. Nicholas Psimas, Jr.
Thomas G. Blair, Jr.
Battalion Sergeant Major
Lt. Col. Clyde R. Cloar
Batialion Staff Advisor
Robert L. Flint
Battalion Operations Sgt.
0. Wayne Keesee
Captain Barry W. Jenkins
Company Tactical Officer
A. C. Arnn
First Class Privates
Thomas E. Hickman
Godfrey W. Updike, Jr.
William R. Sears
Graham Y. Moore, III
James G. Woods
Henry N. Pedlgo, Jr.
THEHEALTHFVLAND-rLEASANTABODEOFACRO^fD OF HONORABLE
A- GRATIFYING SPECTACLE : AN-HONORTO- OVR- COVIs|TRYANDOVR
STATE : OBJECTS OF HONEST- PRIDE TO THEIR- ir^jSTRVCTORS-AND - FAIR
SPECIMENS - OF - CITIZEN - SOLDIERS : ATTACHED -TO -THEIR- NATIVE - STATE
PROVD OF HER FAME AND READY IN EVERY TIME OF DEEPEST PERIL
TO VINDICATE HE
Robert G. Tanner
Richard A. Mattozzi
Frank B. Easterly
James P. Totten
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Sugar Bear Deyerle
First Class Privates
J. D. Fauntleroy
Jack W. Kennedy
R. Deaton Smith, Jr.
Michael L. Santoro, Jr.
Knox C. Hubard
Capt. Thomas W. Schlechte
Company Tactical Officer
THEHEALTHFVLAND-PLEASANTABODEOF-ACR-OWD OF HONORABLE
YOVTHSPRESSIISGVPTHE HILL- OF- SCIENCE: WITH NOBLE EMVLATION
A- GRATIFYING SPECTACLE : AN HONOR TO - OVR COVNTRY AND OVR
STATE : OBJECTS OF HONEST PRIDETO THEIR- INSTRyCTORS AND FAIR
SPECIMENS OF CITIZEN SOLDIERS ATTACHED TO THEIR NATIVE STATE
PROVD OF HER FAME AND READY IN EVERY TIME OF DEEPEST PERIL
TO^INDJCATE^ER HONOR OR D^END ^ER RJGHTS^
J. C. Hanks
First Class Privates
Reid Van Riper
Captain Robert A. Miller
Company Tactical Officer
Paul D. C. Marks, Jr.
Thomas J. Morris
Jack R. Burroughs, Jr.
Harold G. Mercer
Steven G. Harrington
Valentine W. Southall, Jr.
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SPECIMENS- OF- CITIZEN- SOLDIERS : ATTACHED TOTHEIR- NATIVE STATE
PROYD OF HER FAME AND READY IN EVERY TIME OF DEEPEST PERIL
No other organization is so respected or deemed
so inscrutable. Nevertheless, the Honor Court is
only the outward manifestation of the conscience
of the individual— and every individual— cadet.
The Code is based on the unquestioned accep-
tance of each cadet's word— whether written or
verbal. The Code conceives of honor as a personal
ideal, demanding and ultimately rewarding in deep
individual satisfaction. It is inconsistent with a
code of personal honor for there to be written
rules as the sole basis for honorable conduct.
Dependent on the support of every cadet, the
Code must be protected and, at times, arbitrated.
The Corps assumes the duty of enforcer, resenting
jealously any infraction and any act bringing dis-
credit on the Code. At this point the Honor Court
begins to function in its delegated responsibility.
R. Deaton Smith, Jr., President
Steven G. Harrington, First Vice President
John Vi. lunks. Second Vice President
O'Conor G. Ashby
Robert B. Flowers
John W. Kennedy
John C. Mitchell
Timothy J. Rahm
Robert C. Watts, III
L. Rawls Williams, Jr.
Harry F. Bare
William H. Howard, III
R. Leonard McClure
Roland H. Vaughan
Within a military system as rigid and stringent as
ttie VIVll environment, the Corps has traditionally
imposed upon itself a certain standard by which all
cadets are expected to live— a regulated code to which
all cadets are expected to adhere. The Corps itself in-
vests the power of enforcement of its standard of
living in the representative medium of the General
Committee Proper. The General Committee Proper
initiates the enforcement of this standard through its
supplimentary bodies: The General Committee, The
Executive Committee, and the Rat Disciplinary Com-
mittee. Within the scope of a governing body, these
committees are, in essence, only as effective as the
support given them by the Corps.
In the wake of growing disfavor in the procedures
of the General Committee, which is responsible for
trying violations of class privileges, the class of 1969
introduced broad changes in the procedures of try-
ing a case before the General Committee. The jury,
composed of members from the upper three classes,
determines the guilt or innocence of each defendant.
The foundation of our General Committee is in a
precarious position, for the effectiveness of the Com-
mittee lies with the rank and file members of the
Corps. The ability of each General Committee to func-
tion effectively lies within the integrity of the indi-
vidual members of the jury. Should the prestige of
membership on an alternating jury be fostered by the
Corps, then the General Committee can only become
increasingly stronger. Should apathy reduce the jury
from its present prestigious position, however, the
General Committee will falter. The challenge now
belongs to the Corps: The General Committee is now,
quite literally, "of, by, and for the Corps,"
There has been a substantial need for a cadet committee that pro-
duces a medium through which the major cadet organizational bodies
can channel problems from within the Corps to the Administration.
The present First Class has attempted to meet this need by the
establishment of a Contact Committee. Under the chairmanship of
the First Class President, this cadet committee is comprised of the
editors of VMI's two major publications, the presidents of the Honor
Court and the Student Union, the presidents of the two underclasses,
and the Regimental Commander. In order to further promote the con-
tinuity of the Contact Committee, the various organizational members
appoint Second Classmen in their respective organizations to participate
in the Contact Meetings. This underclass participation is significant be-
cause this committee is for the Corps' usage and not for manipulation
by the First Class.
The Contact Committee's purpose is to offer a cadet forum where
various organizational problems— problems that in the end affect the
Corps— can be discussed freely. The formation of this committee is a
significant step towards a better Corps-Administration relationship. The
recommendations that are formulated in these meetings do not become
dead issues. These recommendations are personally presented to the
Superintendent by an executive branch of the Contact Committee.
As a representative cross-section of all the significant cadet organiza-
tions, the Contact Committee's specific objective is the transference of
the Corps' grievances into positive action. This Committee has unlimited
potentialities as an "action producing" body, and, under competent
leadership, it can evolve to a prominent position within the Corps.
Frank B. Easterly. First Class President
Henry N. Pedigo, First Class Vice-President
Stephen G. Harrington, First Class Historian
Henry C. L'Orange, Regimental Commander
R. Deaton Smith, Honor Court President
John W. Zunka, Honor Court Prosecutor
Robert D. Slay, Cadet Editor
Joseph G. Lynch, Bomb Editor
Malcolm F. McNeill, Cadet Union President
James B. Dick, Second Class President
Jan L Essenburg, Third Class President
Albert M. Davis, Third Class Vice-President
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Hop and Floor Committee
f AM Mi
Col. John W. Knapp
T. A. Fitzgerald
D. A. Williams
Cadet Union Mgr.
First Class Rep.
Major Ronald Woodson
Social Com. Chairman
Recreation Com. Co-chairman
Finance Com. Chairman
Rat Soc. Com. Chairman
Perry Van Hooser
Robert D. Slay
Garland T. Dun/in
Col. Herbert N. Dillard
Col. Alexander H. Morrison
Col. Flournoy H. Barksdale
Lt.Col. Richard B. Minnix
Mr. Thomas Y. Greet
Mr. Joseph L. Presbrey, Jr.
Joseph G. Lynch
Lawrence R. Lenz
Walter C. Anderson
Michael V. Harper
Tappey H. Jones
Douglas K. Davis
Rat Disciplinary Committee
John N. Edenfield
Malcolm F. McNeill
Weldon D. Couch
William D. Samson
David T. Bush
John A. Pond
George N. Psimas, Jr.
John C. Ishon
Michael L. Santoro, Jr.
Michael A. Giles
Charles F. Bryan
Timothy J. Rahm
George C. Budd
Michael A. Giles
James W. Baker
Roy R. Heddleston
Michael J. Iwanik
Jonathan S. Vordermark, II
John H. Haring
Warren C. Wagner
Steven J. McAuliffe
James D. Gearhart
Gerald J. Fresia
John A. Ebeling
Randle D. Clark
Walter T. Judd
John W. Zunka
Donald C. Seay
Edward D. Holmes
Edwin G. White
S. Kirk Maferne, Jr.
Eugene R. Freedman
Raymond H. Lanier, Jr.
Kenneth R. Fleming
Hairston D. Burnette
Robert M. Blair, Jr.
Michael L. Hannum
Paul D. Kowalski
Robert F. E. Quinlan
Howard G. DeWolf
John J. Walklet, III
Van E. Jolissaint
The VMI Cadet
The school newspaper, The Cadet, could be described
as an "enterprising paradox;" it enjoys complete jour-
nalistic freedom within the restrictive confines of our
military system. The goal of the paper is to accurately
report the news, reflect the opinion of the Corps, and act
as an intermediary between the Corps and the Adminis-
The newspaper is an independent business run entirely
by cadets and financed completely by the earnings of the
paper itself, which is a minor distinction, since the
Cadet is the only college paper in the state that can
make such a claim.
The paper has attempted to produce writers with a
sense of professionalism and to improve the quality of
reporting and news commentary. This year's Cadet is
the best in recent years, and has attained a professional
quality by exercising moderation and objectivity in its
treatment of news. The staff is assured of continuing im-
provement in future years with the invaluable guidance
of their advisor, Col. Dillard.
Robert D. Slay, Jr.
K. C. Woodroot
Reid Van Riper
The purpose of the Bomb has recently become a subject of considerable
controversy. The editors of the 1969 Bomb would like to express their
interpretation of a standard periodically overlooked in the past.
It would be ridiculous to state that the Bomb should present a flaw-
lessly accurate picture of the Institute. An entirely ambiguous represen-
tation such as this would negate the value of any annual publication. On
the other hand, the Bomb is neither qualified nor perceptive enough to
pass even the mildest judgment on VMI. It does, however, accomplish
one irrevocable task— it acts as a conscience. When the Bomb is compiled
without forming its own opinion or its own point of view, it records with
considerable accuracy the flaws and discrepancies of the VMI system.
It must also be said that the favorable and constructive aspects of the
system are not inhibited from appearing as forcefully.
The Bomb must, in essence, freeze forever the cosmos of existence we
have inherited and experienced. It is for this purpose and this purpose
alone that the Bomb can conscientiously exist.
E. J. T. Perrow
Commander R. K. Wilson
Young Republicans Club
Distinguished Military Students
Distinguished Aerospace Students
H. C. Fleischer
G. W. Updike
Armed Forces Club
H. C. Fleischer
Henry C- L'Orange
Robert A. Heely
William R. Sears
Amo F. Judd
W. Samuel Truette, III
Clifton R. Brooks, Jr.
Rapheal B. Caire
John 0. Guthrie
James M. Neikirk
Fred E. Banister, Jr.
Ronald L. Meng
Dennis P. O'Geary
George H. Warden
Steven C. Blair
Stephen B. Dzialo
Richard H. Faught
Richard W. Flowers
Larry H. Foster
Andrew Lee Hannah, Jr.
Richard A. McNutt, III
Michael J. Schramm
Boguslaw J. Wierzbicki
Norman J. Worrell
Philip E. Clayton
Noland S. Cutler, III
Scott C. Fleetwood
Peter F. Grojean
John 0. Guthrie
Carsten H. Hillson
William H. Powley
Michael H. Sadler
Robert E. Wagner
's^ '•i?-,wA- W'--.
Capt. Bob Miller
Capt, P€te Elkins
Officers in Charge
American Chemical Society
Virginia Academy of Science
American Society of Civil Engineers
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1st Vice President
A. C. Arnn
2nd Vice President
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Col. Lee L. Nichols, Jr.
Sigma Pi Sigma
Society of Physics Students
■■> 1 ♦ ■ M
IVIr. Dan Smith
IVIr T Y Greet
International Relations Club
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Political Science Society
Col. B. McClure Gilliam
Pioneer Investment Club
Civil War Roundtable
1969 HOMECOMING QUEEN
Miss Stephanie Boone
ANNE BEVERLY JONES
MISS STEPHANIE BOONE
MISS SUSAN DUTCHER
MISS LYNDA KANGAS
MISS MARIA KILMARTIN
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It is not ours to lay the blame for such a season
on anyone ... it is, however, our responsibility
to record it . . . and to permanently engrave the
fact in the conscience of the Corps and the
team that this could happen ... and did. Foot-
ball . . . guts . . . gore ... and one helluva
brawl . . . what can be said of a team with a
1-9 record? ... a team that was supposed to
be one of VMI's best, ever ... a team that
simply lacked the scoring punch to win ... a
team that is best described by frustration ... a
team where initial overconfidence gave way to
doubt . . . VMI had such a team ... a season,
over now, but not easily forgotten . . . your
roommates kidded you . . . your girlfriend cried
. . . People quit following you; but practice still
went on . . . trying to rebuild, week after week
... But it was the same old story ... a car-
bon copy season . . . Drop a pass . . . miss a
block . . . fumble a handoff . . . People blamed
Vito, but the team knew different . . . they
would "always" play for him . . . Win or lose . . .
"Early mistakes hurt us" . . . costly mistakes
For Sprinkel, it was a baptism by fire . . .
spent most of his time running from, not at
"It was the same old story for the Keydets"
Midway thru the season and still without a win
. . . Citadel's Coach Parker would not believe
VMI's fate . . . "VMI is not a 0-4 team" . . .
"they are the best running team we've faced since
Army" . . . Some stood out . . . Sowers, Marks
... But football will never be a game of in-
dividuals . . .
Heart is what makes a football player . . . desire
... a love of the game . . . It's not to be ex-
pressed in words . . . either you have it or you
don't ... win or lose, you never think quit . . .
Pain and injury are pushed aside ... you are
caught up in the madness and violence . . . Emo-
tion runs wild . . . sometimes afterwards you
can't remember . . .
Violence, grace, elation, and disaster . .
into the making of a football game ... a game
of modern man where intellect has imposed a
type of precision ... a scientific ordering of
the elements of disorder . . .
The sweet taste of victory ... the agony of
defeat ... The satisfaction of success ... the
embarrassment of failure . . . Football is unique
... no rational explanation . . . just an over-
whelming desire . . .
When we lost, it showed in our faces ... so
often victory was within sight when a fumble
or intercepted pass would foil our efforts . . .
"The close ones are the hardest to lose" . . .
our pride was hurt most . . .
A Saturday afternoon— sometimes cold, wet, miser-
able . . . sometimes liot, humid, sunny . . . after
the l(ick-off it didn't matter . . : you listened
only to the man , . . what he said went ... you
gave what you had . . . you wanted to give more . . .
Boston, Roanoke, Nashville, Charleston, Lexing-
ton .. . miles apart ... and yet all exactly the
same ... two opposing forces . . . each seeking
the ultimate end.
Emotion on the hardwood . . . on-again, off-again, the Keydets,
played superbly against the great teams . . . West Virginia,
Davidson, Georgia Tech . . . couldn't hit in their own back-
yard—the Southern Conference ... ten road games ... no
fieldhouse ... no Corps ... no backing . . . finally home to
face Davidson ... #4 ... on national T.V. in the fieldhouse
... the Corps is now behind them . . . everyone is psyched
for this one . . . played like never before . . . down by two
at the half . . . defense . . . defense second half . . . down
by ten . . . two minutes showing left to play . . . Mitchell
. . . Clark . . . Mitchell . . . Clark . . . tremendous rally . . .
with twelve seconds left, score is tied ... the fieldhouse is
in pandemonium ... a Davidson desperation shot at the
buzzer finds its mark . . . dreams of grandeur suddenly lost
. . . it's over . . . quiet murmur . . . empty fieldhouse . . .
down ... but out? It's not over yet. ... The team relies
heavily on the M&M boys . . . Mitchell and Manis . . . Sefick
and Essenburg coming strong . . . Brown, super defensive-
man .. . grab two quick ones at home . . . Southern Con-
ference tournament now in sight ... are we going? Corps
still behind the team . . . February 8-22 . . . five remaining
conference games. . . .
"Gotta' win" . . . Georgia Tech ... big and tall . . . Salem
Roanoke Valley Civic Center . . . rally came too late . . . offi-
cials? Two technicals on the cheerleaders . . . spirit . . . still
a chance . . . Richmond . . . shooting sixty-one percent . . .
lose another . . . time begins to close in . . . still that
chance . . . fieldhouse ... The Citadel ... up by fifteen at
the half . . . fast break to perfection . . . Mitchell, Brown,
Sefick all hot . . . second half . . . Citadel burns the nets
... no fast break . . . shots roll off . . . nothing works
now . . . up by 15, 12, 9, 5, 3, tied at 75-75 ... can the
Corps help win? Not with an empty fieldhouse ... are the
books stacked that high? Another close one lost . ■ . aren't
they all . . . will we never get the big break? Time will tell
. . . only three conference games remain . . . Charlotte here
we come. . . .
Single combat with only one surviving ... A
combination of catlike reflexes with the power of
an enraged bull . . . ever aware of the foe . . .
driven by the will to survive ... to be the cham-
pion, the ultimate victor ... a test of strength
and cunning ... two gladiators against time . . .
forcing the body to the limits of endurance . . .
persevering experience the ultimate master . . .
only the referee's whistle stopping the struggle . . .
an individual effort for a team triumph . . .
The always-exciting VIVII grapplers- ■ • slaving may
help repeat their good showing a year ago in the
Southern Conference Tournament ... the absence
of champions Steve Vaughan and Don Taylor will
hurt . . . VMI will still field a strong team headed
by '68 conference finalists Jack Kennedy, John Hill,
and Bob Biddle . . . with a strong contingent of
heavyweights and added strength in the light-
weights, things look good for the Keydet matmen.
Biddle still undefeated, Mikula looking more like
a champion at 191 pounds . . .The Smith brothers-
tough to beat . . . also joining the VMI cause with
fme performances are Tom Reynolds, Riker Pur-
cell and Brant Collins ... a winning record will
come despite several key injuries . . , boys making
themselves hurt . , . pride in themselves and
winning . . .
all things right, however, the grapplers will be
a match for any Southern Team . . . this is the goal
which will be evident at the season's end . . .
Gupton neither asks nor expects that which he
himself has not experienced . . . sometimes that's
too much— much too much . . .
Spring . . . Patchin Field . . . Prime contenders for
tiie Southern Conference . . . Most promising team
yet . . . seven out of nine return . . . Wtiite, Catlett,
Busfiy, Shu, batting 300.. . Gentile, Friski, Crocker
. . . sophs pressing hard . . . more depth than ever
before ... strongest on the mound ... Reid, E.R.A.
1.55 . . . Fresia, Paulette, Carver, Snow ... all tough
. . . Coach Roys puts it all together . . . hard work
. . . long, hot, humid afternoons . . . Smooth hick-
ory. . . Grimey hands . . . eyes shaded from a glar-
ing sun... sweat dripping from brows ... sharp
metal cleats reaching for a canvas bag ... a high
lazy spiral or short hard drive . . . What's it all for?
A game they call Baseball .. .with a fading glory
. . . competition . . . desire to win ... a sacrifice . . .
love for the game but only from a select few...
a long hard struggle to the top . . . success comes
with numbers . . . 350 . . . 21-0 . . . single-
double— triple ... the magical three ... pro
scouts everywhere . . . everyone has a contact
. . . only means added pressure . . . people
say college baseball is dying... but ask any of
those who play. ..
Track ... the starting blocks . . . tension . . .
determination ... a frantic push . . . legs accele-
rating ... an all-out effort . . . drive and desire
... the finish line . . . victory . . . limp, weak,
used up . . . the pain and pressure relieved . . .
it is very big in the hearts of those participating
. . . they believe . . . It's not always the warmth
of the fieldhouse but also the cold, frosty, wintry
indoor tension . . . nervousness . . . packed, stuffy
. . . the sound of the starting gun, the yell of the
crowd ... no quiet . . . banked turns . . . grass-
tex . . . outdoor running in the rain . . . man and
elements . . . soggy track ... the wind ... the
lonely runner and his shadow . . . silence pierced
only by birds . . . mountain roads ... a sense
of freedom ... a battle within your own heart . . .
character building . . .
Richmond . . . first big challenge ... the team
proved strong, and the Spiders fell . . . men win-
ning for themselves and VMI . . . the rats showed
well but the ol' liners came through with the
"sure" points . . . John Griffin, shot; Rudy Segaar,
60; Tony Rolfe, broad jump; Mike Engle, 2 mile;
John Sebrell, hurdles; and Gordon Williams, pole
vault ... a new record for the 440 relay team . . .
East Carolina fell by 11/2 poirrts . . . Southern Con-
ference record still unblemished . . . ready for
more competition? The VMI Winter Relays— one of
the biggest meets in the South, with over thirty
colleges and 700 competitors . . . William and
Mary probably will dominate the state meet, but
VMI will challenge her every move ... the South-
ern Conference meet ... an excellent finish for the
Keydet thin-dads? It should be an appropriate cli-
max for the underdog Keydets and give Coach Cor-
mack and track team a year worth remembering.
Fall 1968 was VMI's second intercollegiate year of soccer ... In 1967 ttie
team was 0-9 .. . Scores of 8-0, 4-0, and 8-0 were common . . . Coacti Hayes
arrived at VMl and enthusiasm developed ... He taught new drills and better
conditioning ... VMl was young and lacked skills ... but games were never
lost for lack of hustle or desire Opposing players and coaches were astoun-
ded at the change from 1967 to 1968 The record changed from 0-9 to 2-6-1
many were lost by 1 or 2 goals Highhghts were beating Virginia Tech
(every one here loves this) and Randolph Macon, who some consider the best
team m Virgmia The Corps even began to come screaming for blood . . .
sometimes they got their wish there was never a lack of action . . . Four
members of the starting team received all state honors . . Steve Jones, Glen
Birdsall, Tom Guthrie Jeff Guild The VMl soccer team now has the reputation
in Virginia as a team to be reckoned with The future of soccer at VMl looks
Swimming is a sport for tlie insane and masoch-
istically-criented individual ... it even goes one
step further ... You gotta get wet . . . tfie five
top scorers of last year's team return . .
Costigan, Rory Frey, IVIarl< Griffin (co-captain),
John Bailey and Bruce Beaulieu ... the aquatic
Keydets had a strong chance of improving last
season's 2-8 record . . . several other lettermen
gured prominently in the team's victories this
year ... Co. Capt. Joe Ecsi, Jim Wilder (varsity
breaststroke record-holder), Backstroker Henry
Riegler, butterfly swimmer Andy Ash, and free-
stylers Tom Cooke and Jim Aldous . . . Coach
Arnold Joyce was elated with the showings of rat
record holders Tom Kowalski, Greg Bragg and Joe
Crowe ... The "Golden" Egg Award initiated this
year . . . given after each meet for the most
"unique" performance.. . Perhaps more than any
other sport, competitive swimming is contingent
upon an individual's rather than a team's confron-
tation with superlative effort ... At VMI, where no
scholarships are given, great swimmers must be
developed ...they are rarely acquired .. .Victory
or defeat in swimming is often measured by a
touch rather than a tenth of a second . . . it's that
close... but there's no victory for second, there
never will be... Number 2 in the Southern Con-
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James Van Landingtiam
The 1969 Tennis Team looks forward to its most successful team in years . . . eight
returning lettermen ... Rat players will add new depth ... the Netmen again face
a tough schedule due to the scholarship programs of their opponents. . .fall
practice and an early Spring start may solve their problems. . . Kirk Materne re-
turns as captain for his second year... Paul Dickinson, Bobby Brown, John Ash-
man, Ron Lau, Perry Timberlake and Scott McMillan add valuable experience...
there will be pressure from John Stann, Al Kaliski, Herb Moore, Barry O'Donnell
and Tom Buckner . . . positions are a sought goal . . . Timberlake and Materne
will play doubles together for the third consecutive year . . . Dickinson and Brown
form second doubles . . . confidence is gained by experience ... The Tennis Team
will prove to be more than formidable...
Jon Di Marco
Capt. Robert Miller
Officer in Charge
Robert H. Muirhead, Football
Richard F. Harmison, Football
Oscar W. Gupton, Wrestling
Clyde L. Ellington, Athletic Director
Jim S. Gillespie, Football
Gary D. McPherson, Head Basketba
Vito E. Ragazzo, Head Football
David T. Bralne, Football
Charles N. Roys, Head Baseball
Arnold W. Joyce, Swimming
George J. Holland, Jr., Head Trainer
Linwood S. Waterfield, Rifle
Walter B. Cormack, Track
John Ludt, Murphy Sprinkel, Bob Echols, David
Ellington, Jud Collier, Ward Carr, Larry Smith,
Joe Naselli, Tony Gentile, Frank Easterly, Kerr
Kump, Buster Venable, Lew Cowardin, Jerry
Acuff, Randy Stcwe, Bob Watts, Chuck Marks,
Aaron Phillips, Phil Hannum, Tom Sowers, Bob
Habasevich, Tom Beyer, Paul Fraim, John Grit-
fin, Terry Smith, Fred Smith, Bob Lockridge,
Steve Harrington, Bob Hockley, Bob Biddle,
Mike Maguigan, Ned Mikula, Mark Conway,
Rives Potts, Bob Copty, Jim Westbrook, Mike
Sisler, John Caulfield, Scott Miller, Gary Mackey,
Calvin Depew, Bill Ros>,, Tom Campbell, Tom
Halliday, John Ronayne, Ashley Butler, Bob
Jones, Hugh Tompkins, Steve Good, Lee Barnes,
Colby Trammell, Lee Stilwell, Steve Ballowe,
Bill Stainback, Mike North, Fred Phillips, Worth
Roberts, John Noon, Wayne Hepler, Larry Brum-
back, Martin Healy, Phil Jornlin. Tom Lawson,
Lee Moon, Mark Palmer, Bill Paulette, Dave
Head Coach: Vito Ragazzo
Jim Bailey, Chip Baker, Bob Biddle, Bill Bott.
Pat Branch, Gary Brant. Tom Brock, Dick Camp,
Dave Childers, Dick Clary, Brant Collins, Lou
Cowardin, Bill Cutler, Tommy Daniels, Stephen
Dzailo, James Flynn, John Godfrey, Rorer Grant,
Bobby Gregory, Paul Grumblatt, John Hill,
Francis Hinchion, Stanley Huie, Jack Kennedy,
John Kern, David King, Joe Knick, Peter Know-
les. Grayson Lahmers, Terry Leake. Al Leu, Joe
Levine, Roger Lodi. James Long, Eddie Mazzanti,
Jeff McKain, Walt Meier, Ned Mikula, Bob Mur-
ray, Rick Nowitzky, John Pappas, John Paten,
Dave Payne, Charlie Perry, Riker Purcell, Don
Rencsok, Tom Reynolds, Dave Schrader, Paul
Sciacchitano, Phil Smith, Bill Smith, Bob Syd-
ncr, Chris Tompkins, Sopon Vekavakayanondha,
Dick Walker, Bob Ward, Don Wetzel, Frank
Whitley, Bo Wierzbicke, Jimmy Woodall,
Head Coach: Oscar Gupton
Bob Armstrong— Manager, A.C. Arnn— Manager,
Bob Clingenpeel— Manager, Jim Aldous, Andy
Ash, John Ashman, John Bailey, Bruce Beaulieu,
Bill Bragg, Oliver Bucher, Doug Cisler, Tom
Cooke, Bob Costigan, Joel Crowe, Joe Ecsi, Rory
Frey, Lee Galloway, Mark Griffin, Tom Kowalski,
Bob LaMoe, Bob Lynch, Dennis O'Geary, Tim
Rahm, Bruce Rambo, Henry Riegler, Jack Welch,
Jim Wilder, John Youell.
Head Coach: Arnold Joyce
Bill Berkness, Glen Birdsall, Bruce Bowden,
Brant Collins, Cy Dolph, Bob Fagge, Bob Flow-
ers, John Friermuth, Pete Grojean, Jeff Guild,
Tom Guthrie, Charles Holsen, John Hill, Bob
Hixon, Bill Hudson, Steve Jones, Tom Jones,
John Kennedy, Tom Massey, Bob Maurer,
Charles Meybin, Marshall Muros, Walter Priest,
Tom Reynolds, Mike Santoro, Tag Scott, Mike
Schriver, Jim Shelby, Vaipot Srinual, Jim Tot-
ten, Sopon Vekavakayanonda, Charles Walker,
John Waters, Don Wheatley.
Head Coach: John Hays
Denny Clark, Jan Essenburg, Mike Manis, John
Patrick, Jim Sefick, Jim Gillespie, Tom Guthrie,
Roy Heddleston, Walt Ivkovich, Peyton Brown,
John Mitchell, John Thomas, Perry Van Hooser,
Gary Vitt, Sam Kirby, John Watson.
Head Coach: Gary McPherson
Mel Adams, Mark Anderson, Bill Beerbower,
Jim Boggs, Ken Chacey, Walt Chalkley, Jim
Coleman, Rick Cummings, George Dancigers,
Ben Dick, Mike Engle, Gary Entsminger, Rick
Griffith, John Griffin, John Hart, Lee Harrison,
Jim Heely, Tom Hunt, Wilber Huntley, Luther
Holloman, Bob Grossman, Mel Years, Cy Dolph,
Tom Loizi, Steve Hively, Tappey Jones, Joe
Martin, Bill Moore, Walter Otwell, John Poole,
Bruce Pates, Don Hinshelwood, Tony Rolfe,
Rudy Segaar, John Sebrell, John Shackleford,
Jerry Upton, Gordon Williams, Glenn White, Joe
Vojtecky, Cal Depew, Julian Smith.
Head Coach: Walt Cormack
John Thomas, Rod Shu, Tim White, Tom Catlett,
Art Bushey, Hank Pedigo, Steve Friski, Randy
Crocker, Tony Gentile, Dave Reid, J. C. Hanks,
Frank Cleaton, Randy Snow, Fred Carver, Dick
Hamlet, Mike Manis, Bill Paulette, Jerry Fresia,
Lew Cowardin, Oliver Bucher, Dick Clary, Ken
Coleman, Alan Cock, John Donahoe, Reid Dud-
ley, Dick Lloyd, Hunter Mays, John Metzger,
Jim Morefield, Earl Padgett, Doug Howe, Dick
Stegmerten, Mike Strickland, Pete Van Hooser,
Head Coach: Charles Roys
William and Mary
W . m
Univ. of North Carolina
William and Mary
University of Virginia
William and Mary
William and Mary
Southern Conference Tou
SC Tourney, Charlotte, N.C.
William and Mary
William and Mary
Univ. of Tennessee
Virginia Tech-Wake Forest
University of Virginia
Southern Conference Meet
William and Mary
University of Virginia
Washington and Lee
William and Mary
Loyola of Baltimore
William and Mary
William and Mary
Ferrum Jr. College
William and Mary
3 . .
. . . . Richmond .......
. . 3
12 . .
.... Fork Union .......
. . 13
49 . .
. . . . Massanutten ......
. . 7
21 . .
.... University of Virginia ....
. . 17
7 . .
. . . . VPI
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Overlooking the somewhat dubious distinction of graduating, the Editors feel
that there are among us many who have distinguished themselves beyond the
call of duty and destiny, who are as shining breastplates on the grey broadcloth
of the Corps. Time and space force the omission of many whose names belong
here, whose full stories will never be known. Therefore, to those who belong, and
gentlemen, you know and I know who you are, we give it to you. You deserve it.
Most Dubious Distinction Award of 1969
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Let a Smile be your Umbrella
and the Issues will be Clouded
Most nebulous bone of the year goes
to the number of first classmen who
were boned for "Hay down and/or
Improperly marked status card." How
do you answer something like that?
"Sir, the report is correct and/or I
wish to explain." and how does Rita
write it up? 4 and/or 2 demerits?
Walking in the Winter Blunderland
A certified three to five hour waste
of study time each week, as the
troops ponder the errors of their
ways by wandering back and forth
in front of barracks on Wednesday
and Saturday afternoons. Budget your
time, men, but we'll make up the
Joe Miller Visited
The Catalog . . . like they say-
any resemblance between characters
in this book and real persons, living
or dead, is purely coincidental.
You Can Look, Troops, But Don't
3.5 million dollars for New Market,
$800 grand for the new Alumni Hall,
and the roof of barracks still leaks.
A Mighty Fortress is Our Guard
Reductio ad Nauseum
Compulsory church was a big is-
This year, the National Association
sue this year, as many previous
of United Barracks Anarchists was
sinners who had been cutting out
founded on the premise of being
were stopped dead in their tracks
categorically against the existence
as a new lightning stick check
of everything. And we used to
struck their doors.
think SDS was funny.
All the News that Fits
The Public Relations Office has
done an outstanding job these
past years. There hasn't been a
faculty death or retirement which
they haven't covered to the fullest
of their capabilities.
The Little Needle Points North,
Four times in four years at Mid-
winters, our prime band has ar-
rived at the Roanoke International
Airport and headed for, you
guessed it. Tech.
Art for the Sake of Art and
Dirt for the Sake of . . .
Howcum the copies of Evergreen
always seem to crop up with the
rest of the feelthy books in the
English Library? Not that we want
them moved now that we know
where they are. We're just asking.
Marching Through George's
After thrashing around for six months
trying to figure a better way to move
the class sections into Scott Shipp
Hall, the Academic Board returns to
the original methods, thereby over-
looking the obvious solution consis-
tently for better than 129 years. You
men can't form inside because we
didn't; you men can't have electric
lights because v»e didn't.
The Yellow Badge of Discourage
To the anonymous Citizen of Lexing-
ton, who so bravely reported to his/
hers/its indignation that cadets were
so presumptuous as to act like col-
lege students uptown. The very idea!
Eat Your Words, Son, its Better
than What's in the Mess Hall
A quote from the football section of
last year's Bomb: "Only four seniors
on the starting twenty-two . . . THIS
IS ONLY THE BEGINNING . . ." Of
the end maybe.
Washington Would Have Slept Here,
But . . .
8 O'clock classes, especially on Mon-
day, and almost anything on Satur-
And the Band Played on, and on,
and on . . .
There must be something outstanding
about a band whose crowning
achievement is to start and stop
playing together, but we can't figure
out what it is.
The Overcoat Calls the Coatee Grey
Our salutations to Mike Ragland who
was boned for "Exercising exceeding-
ly poor judgment" Boning someone
at VMI for that is kind of like pour-
ing salt into the ocean.
One Born Every Minute
The Alumni who so eagerly bought bricks from the ruins of the old
UTRAGE;OUTRAGE; 0UTRAGE;0UTRAGE;0UTRAGE;0UTRAGE; 0UTRAGE;0UTRAGE; 0UTRAGE;0UTRAGE
Hugh Tompkins and his direct dialing connection to the outside world.
Hot Line '69
g The entire faculty and staff
and their direct dialing
connection to the Guard
1 Room, the recorder, and his
All American City
Equal Justice Under Law
A Day Spent in the Play-
ground Fund House
Buena Vista is undoubtably
The GC Jury. New conduc-
the Something Capital of
tors on a railroad that let
PX prices, which were com-
the world; we just can't
the engine sit in the sta-
parable to prices elsewhere,
seem to pin down what
tion and spin its wheels.
but not favorably.
The Most Dubious
Distinction of 1968
The 1968 Bomb which so
aptly recorded the life of
the foot at VMl.
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As I close this book for the first time, I can't help but
recall the sleepless nights, the impossible schedules, the
faded photographs, and the dead end ideas. But with all the
minor disappointments and irredeemable mistakes, there
comes an uncommon feeling of satisfaction, not only in com-
pleting this volume, but in attempting to compare it with
There are certain key people to whom I must express my
personal appreciation: without them, this publication could
never have materialized. Reb Anderson, my able business
manager and confessor, did much more than find money to
put this idea into production. Without Mike Colozzi to ma-
nipulate permits, unfinished pages, and reluctant photogra-
phers, our enthusiasm would have turned to despair many
months ago. G. W. Updike not only supplied the layout, but
with his padded, easy going personality, managed to keep
all of us from periodically killing each other. Pat King and
his staff of lesser fiends and deamons eventually came
through in the photo department and thereby averted a
mass suicide. And at the risk of expanding the list of unsung
heroes, Marv Itzkowitz, Larry Smith, Bob Habasevich, Tom
Blair, Chuck Thompson, Dick Cabaniss, Tom Morehouse, and
Ray Turner must be included.
On behalf of all my devoted instructors in whose classes
I have consistently slept, and for all the unnamed contrib-
utors who, like those already mentioned here, have tolerated
my innumerable neuroses, I sincerely hope that the '69 Bomb
will justify the eccentricities and inconveniences they have
so patiently accepted this year.
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Now as a member of this statewide group, United Virginia Bank
is part of our name. And we have a lot going for us. Such as expert
advice from loan and other financial specialists both here and
abroad. And our centralized computer wfiich speeds up all our full
banking services. Then there's our United Virginia BankAmericard.
What's more, we have access to more money than ever before.
So we can finance industry, commerce and agri-business right here
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And now, if you ever have to move, you'll find a United Virginia
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But the nicest part of all this is that the same efficient people will
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United Virginia Banker some questions. He'll be glad to give you
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1, Permission Is raauosted r
of the 1969 Boinb staff to be
all Military Duties, chock fo
to receive unlimited class cu
Academic Year 1969,
a. It is furth
alntalning their physical and
, ic 13 reouested that the staff
limited weekends to begin on Thurs-
h week and terminate at taps each
Monday following any given departure.
ordance with para. 3, this permit,
issary that we be allowed to wear
lothes at all tines and be authorized
■eserved parking spaces on the West
rracks for our oerponal vehicles.
■kends when members of the staff
b. It is assumed that immediate action will
be taken in furnishing the staff with extra
fioiHties for the disposal of llquior con-
■ ■ In addition, mixer should be re-
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E. DOUGLAS GUNTER
2309 Westwood Ave. P.O. Box 6713
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23230
OLD DOMINION TOBACCO CO.
5400 VIRGINIA BEACH BOULEVARD
VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA
DEEPWATER TERMINAL ROAD
P. O. BOX 2-R
RICHMOND. VA. 23204
Don't Listen to the
Salesman . • •
Lfsfen fo the
Piano — The
Speaks for Itself.
ETS • STUDIOS • GRANDS
Lowest Prices — Terms fo Suit
CORLEY'S for MUSIC
214 EAST GRApE RICHMOND^VA. DIAL Ml 4-2331
7519 GRANBV ST.. NORFOLK. VA; DIAL 587.06«1 ^
you're 4/ways of Home of Corley's ''
PRIEST ELECTRONICS CO.
6431 TIDEWATER DRIVE
RIVER ROAD PHARMACY
6233 River Road — Dial AT 8-0589
In River Road Shopping Center
Yes, since 1882 we have taken pride in serving
the men of VMI, their famihes and friends.
Today we are proud of the tradition which we
have attained for hospitality, service and ele-
gance. Yet we are continually striving for
new and better ways to serve.
It isn't likely that you are going to turn back
the clock — it isn't likely that you will return
to any period of the past — it isn't likely that
conditions will ever be just as they once were.
Life and Time move in but one direction and we
move with it.
Be aware of the fact that you cannot separate your-
self from the time in which you are living — Decide
now to become a part of it and work to improve it.
A NORFOLK AND
Most people kno^v us
for gasoline. And ^ve
don't even make it.
We do make:
plastic packaging film, diesel additives,
fine paper, ignition control compounds,
vinyl polymers and monomers,
plastic bottles and packages,
fuel detergents, plastic lake liners,
sewerage filter components, mulch film,
dry cleaning fluids, PVC pipe,
rubber additives, reinforced building film,
degreasing solvents, aluminum alkyls,
antioxidants, primary alcohols,
caustic soda, aluminum extrusions,
metallic sodium, chlorine,
chemical intermediates, combustion improvers.
Ethyl Corporation @)
"We also make antiknock compounds
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2804 WALMSLEY BOULEVARD RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23234 TELEPHONE 275-9201
Registered Black Angus
MONTEFLORA STOCK FARM
J. H. Adams '23
CONNOR PRODUCE CO.
^ Dependable '^.
^ Shoemakers ^,...£^\^\^
V. Since \\^:^£jyXl!^'^C> Q
for the best in
R. STUART COTTRELL
1205 East Main Street
For the Besi Deal in Town . . . SEE
CHEVEU.E CAMARO LYNCHBURG, VA. ZENITH
CADILWC COLOR TV
Cadets accounts welcomed — Member FDIC
The Class of 1969
MARY ANN BAKING CO
Louis G. Kuchuris
Go where the action is . . . Visit IGMR
THE NEXT BEST THING TO
A HOME AWAY FROM HOME
MR. BULK BUYER:
BUY DIRECT AND SAVE
WaxM, Cleaneri, SraJi For All Floor!
WHY NOT TRY US?
Descriptive Folder Available
Hurt, Virginia 245«3
PERROW CHEMICAL CO.
THE COLONIAL LOUNGE
• Hagerstown, Md.
• Frederick, Md.
• Winchester, Va.
• Manassas, Va.
OF THE WORLD
THE SPORTSMEN'S CLUB
VMI EDUCATIONAL FUND
(NEEDS YOUR MEMBERSHIP)
P.O. BOX 932^ LEXINGTON, VA.
3911 SEMINARY AVE., RICHMOND, VA.
VMI IOWA CLUB
TIM RAHM, '69-President
JOHN BIGGS, 71 -Vice President
JAN ESSENBURG, '71— PAUL CURS, '69
Director of Public Relations: Chunk Neale
RED FRONT MARKET
Headquarters For Vital Cadet Needs
Fine Clothes For Men
GET THE RIGHT FIT-ALBERT DAVIS, '71 BARRACKS REPRESENTATIVE
SERVING BOTH NEW & OLD CORPS
J. Ed. Deaver & Sons, Inc.
FINE CLOTHES FOR ALL TIMES
THE WILLIAM G. SIMMOMS COMPAMY
POST OFFICE BOX 386
NARROWS. VIRGINIA 24124
CAMPUS CORNER, INC
CHARLES "HALFIE" SWINK, Manager CLINT SPENCER, '69 Barracks Representative
RECORDS, STEREOS, TAPE RECORDERS, RADIOS, PIPES & TOBACCOS
PIPES & TOBACCOS
COLLEGE TOWN SHOP
of JOHN NORMAN, INC.
EVERYTHING FOR THE WELL DRESSED MAN
SERO-CORBIN-ALAN PAINE-LONDON FOG
The Lyric Cinema
FINE ART, DOMESTIC & FOREIGN FILMS
^ ^'%)K # — -
^ — -
Come see the
making of power
Vepco's first commercial atomic power station Is now under construction In Surry County, Virginia. In the new-
Information Center overlooking the site, you will see an excellent slide presentation, fascinating exhibits, and a
working model of the reactor. (And from the balcony, you can watch them assemble the real thing.) Open 10 AM to
4 PM Monday through Saturday and 1 PM to 6 PM on Sunday. For tour information call 771-3194 in Richmond.
more power to you ... at less cost
Maple Rock DISTRIBUTERS, INC.
108 East Queen St.
Robert E. Lee Hotel
Alfred J. Dickinson, Inc.
FINE FOOD & LODGING
PRES BROWN'S INC
115 WEST NELSON ST.
Ladies' & Mens' Sportswear
Lexington - Hardware
The original tool Shed
BODY WORKS. INC.
2000 AIRPORT DRIVE • WILSON, N. C. 27893
P. 0. BOX 90 • TELEPHONE 919 237-2191
CUSTOM BUILT REFRIGERATED
TRUCK BODY MANUFACTURERS
in half an hour.
Just talk to the man from General Electric.
He represents 170 separate GE "companies" that
deal in everything from space research to electric
toothbrushes. And each of these product depart-
ments is autonomous. Each has its own manage-
ment and business objectives.
So a job at General Electric offers the kind of
immediate responsibility you might expect to find
only in a small business.
Right from the start you get*a chance to demon-
strate your initiative and capabilities. And the
more you show us, the faster you'll move ahead.
As you do, you'll find that you don't necessarily
have to spend a lifetime working on the same job
in the same place. We have operations all over the
world. Chances are you'll get to try your hand at
more than one of them.
Our interviewer will be on campus soon. If
you're wondering whether it's possible to find chal-
lenging work in big business, please arrange to see
him. He speaks for 170 "companies."
INDUSTRY CONTROL DEPARTMENT
An equal opportunity employer
CRUSHED LIMESTONE & CRUSHED GRANITE
ROAD BUILDING-RAILROAD BALLAST-CONCRETE-FURNACE FLUX
FILTER STONE-AGSTONE-LIMESTONE SAND
B O X L E Y
BLUE RIDGE STONE CORPORATION
711 BOXLEY BUILDING ROANOKE, VA.
Seven Plants Located on N. & W. and A. C. L. Railroads
Blue Ridge, Va. Lynchburg, Va. Martinsville, Va.
Bluefield, Va. Skippers, Va. Pounding Mill, Va.
THE VIRGINIA ROAD BUILDER
Caskie Paper Co., Inc.
A Paper For Every Purpose
GRAY LUMBER CO.
KILN DRIED YELLOW PINE LUMBER
-AND PINE BARK MULCH
Bank & Trust Company
OVER 80 YEARS OF SERVICE
FULL SERVICE BANK
Lexington Optical Company
The Huger Davidson Sale
SEEING IS BELIEVING
^^L, ^^L ^^m The Convenience
^ T~~^^^K Home Delivery!
M^^^e^SiT^^// 1810 W. Main street j
Richmond, Va. |
QuieK-^jLi vieK. iMe.
ROBERT L. QUICK
ELIZABETTH M. QUICK
EARL F. QUICK
Chartered Bus Service Anywhere in Virginii
Flexible Hi-Level Service - Torsion Ride
Air Conditioned and Rest Room Equipped
OFFICE AND GARAGE
708 C STREET
In Jacob Reed's uniforms, hidden
hand stitching makes the difference!
That difference means lasting character in every
uniform, for these hand stitches, though hidden,
are carefully placed by our master tailors to
mold and hold its shape for many years.
^€ljCiff t^Uil^ WM4
#2 DeKaib Street, Norristown, Pa.
America's OLDEST and FOREMOST Makers of
U. S. Officers' Uniforms of Fine Quality, founded 1824
Coca-Cola Bottling Works
The Pictures Can't Be Too Good
MORE than ever before, quality has become
an important factor in College Annuals.
Everything to express skill, technique, artistry, is revealed in our prints.
They are the only material proof of our ability, the only visible
evidence of the value of our photographs